Viewers of GMB were moved to tears over an emotional tribute today (April 29).
Hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid paid tribute to 105 healthcare sector workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.
After yesterday’s one-minute silence for the frontline workers, Piers and Susanna said they wanted to pay their own respects.
What was the tribute?
In front of a large screen showing pictures of the 105 people, Piers and Susanna read out their names along with the job they were doing.
The heartbreaking list included doctors, nurses, dental nurses and receptionist staff.
It also included cleaners, hospital porters, paramedics and care home workers among others.
When they had finished reading the list, an emotional Piers said: “105 people have given their lives on the frontline in this war against coronavirus in the NHS and social care.
“We owe them all a huge debt of gratitude.”
Dr Hilary Jones said afterwards that listening to names being read out had left him feeling ’emotional and humbled’.
Piers remarked on just how multicultural the healthcare service is.
We pay tribute to the more than 100 frontline staff across the NHS and social care that have died fighting coronavirus. @Piersmorgan and @Susannareid100 read the names and occupations of every single frontline worker who has lost their life serving the country. pic.twitter.com/VHZZKhwfGo
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 29, 2020
What did viewers say?
Emotional viewers took to Twitter with one writing: “So nice to see respect paid to these dedicated people.
“Names put to all the faces. Thank you.”
So nice to see respect paid to these dedicated people. Names put to all the faces. Thank you.
— Marilyn Austin (@marilynlivens) April 29, 2020
“Wow what a truly emotionally and outstanding tribute this morning to all those in healthcare who have lost their lives.
“That was truly moving reading out all names and ending on falling silent,” another wrote.
Wow what a truly emotionally and outstanding tribute this morning to all those in healthcare who have lost their lives. That was truly moving reading out all names and ending on falling silent. This show is perfection 👌🌈👏
— Rita (@Ritaspalace) April 29, 2020
A third said: “No words, just tears. Each smiling face a selfless angel. Rest peacefully you beautiful souls.”
“Whilst hard to watch and listen, without tears – this had to be heard,” another tweeted.
“Thank you and Susanna for showing dignity and compassion naming those within NHS and care sector that lost their life whilst only doing their job.”
No words, just tears. Each smiling face a selfless angel. Rest peacefully you beautiful souls. Thank you 🙏🏻
— Pip Day (@pipdayx) April 29, 2020
Whilst hard to watch and listen, without tears -This had to be heard.. Thank you & Susanne for showing Dignity and compassion naming those within NHS and care sector that lost their life whilst only doing their job.
— Margo Cassidy (@CassidyMargo) April 29, 2020
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