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Social media goes wild for Comberton poet Jude Simpson’s Thank Me by Thinking Twice, hailing healthcare workers

A thank you poem to healthcare workers has struck a chord on social media.

A poem by Jude Simpson. (35739519)
A poem by Jude Simpson. (35739519)

Jude Simpson, from Comberton, wrote Thank Me by Thinking Twice as a show of gratitude to those on the frontline during the pandemic, and sent it to family and friends working within the sector.

They decided to turn it into a video which has caught the imagination, and received more than 175,000 views on Twitter and 26,000 on Facebook and Youtube. It was also retweeted by comedian Miranda Hart.

A number of health workers taking part in the video are based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with friends, family and friends of friends and family who connected with the poem volunteering to put their own voices to it for the video.

Jude says: “I wrote the poem and started sending it out to friends and family who were health workers.

“It immediately struck a chord. People were coming back to me saying it expressed exactly how they felt, and sending it on to their friends and colleagues.

“We may not be clapping our key workers on Thursday evenings any more, but there are plenty of ways – perhaps more important ways - to keep saying thank you. A number of doctors, nurses and other health workers helped me voice the poem.

“It turned out, they also wanted to say thank you– to all of us who have been supporting them during this ongoing crisis.”

Extract from Thank Me by Thinking Twice by Jude Simpson

Thank me in absent kisses

Thank me in un-given hugs

Thank me by crossing over the road

To avoid someone you love.

Thank me by following guidelines,

Thank me by heeding advice

When you’re desperate to visit your family,

Thank me by thinking twice.

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