Send us a selfie of yourself on Jabs Army duty for a chance to appear in our TV ad thanking hero volunteers
MORE than 50,000 selfless Sun readers joined our Jabs Army to help make the UK’s vaccine rollout the envy of the world.
And now we want to say a massive thank you, by giving all our volunteers the chance to appear in a brilliant primetime Saturday night TV ad.
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The commercial on ITV will pay tribute to our valiant volunteers for their amazing work as stewards at vaccine centres all over the country.
And we want to feature the faces of our kind-hearted volunteers in the advert The Sun is making with the Royal Voluntary Service and the NHS.
For a chance to make an appearance in our ad, simply send us a selfie of yourself on Jabs Army duty.
If you are one of our volunteers, take a photo — or short video — on your phone of yourself in your hi-vis Royal Voluntary Service vest and upload it to any of The Sun addresses below.
It could be a picture of you on duty as a volunteer steward or at home.
Send it to us with your name, age, where you live and maybe — if you want to — a few words about why you love being in the Jabs Army.
You have until midnight on Tuesday to send in your selfie or video.
We will include as many of your pictures as possible in the telly ad, which will be a deeply moving tribute to all our volunteers.
Our Jabs Army stewards have already donated 145,428 hours of their free time at 200 vaccination centres across the country, from Ashington Cricket Club, Northumberland, to Redruth Rugby Club, Cornwall.
When the Government launched the biggest vaccination programme in history, the Royal Voluntary Service was asked to provide 50,000 stewards to work a minimum of two shifts a month at jab centres.
The charity, whose president is Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, turned to Britain’s favourite newspaper to help.
On New Year’s Day we launched our great Jabs Army appeal and just 18 days later more than 51,000 readers had signed up.
Since then our Jabs Army has helped the programme, which has vaccinated more than 25million people, to run smoothly.
Some of Britain’s top companies, including EasyJet, Hilton Hotels and Merlin Entertainment, encouraged their staff — many of them furloughed — to join up.
Call to arms – how MPs, celebs and big businesses backed our campaign
A HOST of celebs and politicians threw their weight behind Jabs Army as they praised kind-hearted Sun readers who signed up.
Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help 'return the country to normal life'.
The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: "The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
"It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
"So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still."
Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.
He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.
“Well let’s not be bored — let’s get off our bottoms and volunteer.”
His call was backed by a string of other celebs – including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who hailed our campaign as “fantastic”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.
He said: "Come and be a part of it. The Sun’s Jabs Army is marching and helping the nation.”
GMB host Piers Morgan branded the campaign as "excellent".
While celebrities like Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and Bake Off's Matt Lucas have also thrown their support behind the campaign.
And a host of celebs joined too, including boxer Nicola Adams, Ross Kemp and Vernon Kay.
Thanks to the efforts of our Jabs Army, up to half a million patients a day are being vaccinated.
And this is our chance to say thank you on behalf of the nation.
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Our Jabs Army heroes
AIRPORT supervisor Chris Bush, 43, volunteers at a jab centre in Norwich’s Castle Quarter shopping centre.
He says: “I joined after reading about Jabs Army in The Sun.
"I wanted to help get back to some kind of normality. It is hugely rewarding.”
HISTORY student Lexie Lawrence, 19, from Danbury, Essex, signed up for volunteering shifts when her university went into lockdown.
She says: “It gives me purpose amid the chaos of Covid.”
Archana Kanade, a media director, from Harrow, North West London, says: “I wanted to help in any way I could.
"People are anxious when they come in but I let them know we do more than 700 jabs a day and they feel better.
"They’re normally very relaxed afterwards.”
AVIATION consultant Rajan Bindra, 44, from Slough, volunteered at Salt Hill jab centre.
He says: “People can’t see our mouths through the masks, so we smile with our eyes to put them at ease.
"It’s been amazing and we can’t wait for the next shift.”
MEDICAL student Liyann Ooi, 27 – whose mum, Seelin, was an NHS midwife – met the Duchess of Cornwall on her second Jabs Army shift in Wembley.
She says: “It was exciting to meet royalty.
"People are so grateful we are here for them. It’s really fulfilling. ”
FURLOUGHED British Airways pilot and dad-of-two Hamish Jamson, 49, from Leeds, says: “I signed up straight away.
"We talk about NHS heroes but a lot of the patients are heroes too.
"Many were fearful. There have been moments I’ve been choked up.”
IT worker Chris Beynon, 57, from Southend, Essex, signed up to volunteer at the Cliffs Pavilion theatre.
He says: “My wife is a community nurse on the front line and I was sat at home feeling helpless.
"It’s been sobering but also uplifting. I’ve been thanked profusely, which I’d never get in my normal job.”
HAIRDRESSER Alison Ashcroft, 56, from Bolton, signed up to be a volunteer after losing her father to Covid.
She says: “I know Dad would be so proud of me helping out.
"I’m really loving it. People can be quite nervous but we help put them at ease. You really make a difference.”
SOFTWARE marketer David Keene, 56, from Ealing, West London, does volunteer shifts at a vaccine centre in Crouch End, North London.
He says: “We do the easy stuff so NHS workers can focus on putting jabs in arms.
"Why would you not help out? It’s better than staying at home and watching TV.”
BEAUTY therapist Tamlyn Sage, 43, from Wickford, Essex, says: “I volunteered because I wanted to do something useful and help the community.
"I love being here and doing something so worthwhile.
"There’s great camaraderie and it’s nice to be a part of something that makes a big change.”
PRIMARY supply teacher Marie Harvey, 55, from Norwich, will never forget her first day as a volunteer.
She says: “After I walked home, I remember thinking, ‘Actually, today was really nice’.
"It was really positive to see volunteers helping with the injections.”
WITHIN weeks of signing up as a volunteer, grandma Louise Jacobs, 63, from Wembley, North West London, had already done five shifts at the jab centre in Wembley.
She says: “It’s been such an enjoyable experience.
"I wanted to do something meaningful.”
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