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Top illustrators celebrate 72nd birthday of the NHS with thank you card templates free for everyone to colour and display

03 Jul 2020


Templates from left to right: Steve Antony, Nick East, Emily Hamilton, Tom Percival ,Guy Parker-Rees, Nick Sharratt and Alex T. Smith.

This weekend, on Sunday 5 July, the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday! We are delighted to support Together’s national campaign to encourage children and families to join in the fun and say thank you to those working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy in a creative and colourful way.

To help everyone show their appreciation for our NHS, lots of brilliant illustrators have come together to design unique thank you card templates for families to print off, colour in and display proudly in their windows.

It’s been fantastic to see countless rainbows appearing in windows across the UK, reminding us to keep going and that we’re all in this together. This is another great reason to pull out your colouring pens, pencils and paints and get arty to support the NHS!

If you want to say a personal thank you to someone who matters to you, you can add their name to your card too.

Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, you can also send a photo of your thank you card to Together and they may feature it on their social media channels!

Illustrators who have provided templates include:

  • Steve Antony – author/illustrator of The Queen series, Mr Panda series and more
  • Nick East – author/illustrator of the Agent Weasel series and artist behind Dermot O’Leary’s Toto the Cat series
  • Emily Hamilton – illustrator of The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson, out this autumn.
  • Tom Percival - award-winning author/illustrator of picture books and illustrator of Skulduggery Pleasant series
  • Guy Parker-Rees – author/ illustrator of the award-winning Giraffes Can’t Dance and many more
  • Nick Sharratt – children’s author and illustrator of many books, including Jacqueline Wilson’s titles
  • Alex T. Smith – children’s author/illustrator who has shared a special picture form his Claude series

What’s more, the whole country is invited to come together at 5pm on Sunday 5 July to applaud all those who have been helping the NHS during the pandemic.

Find out more and explore all of the template designs

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