Nygaire Bevan praises NHS Wales staff for going above and beyond during pandemic


The great niece of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS, has written a poem to recognise the dedication and efforts of health and care staff going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

To mark the anniversary of a year since the country went into lockdown, Nygaire Bevan, who is a Bevan Commissioner, put pen to paper to share her reflections and praise the work of frontline staff who have given their all to provide care and support.

Nygaire Bevan, great-niece of Aneurin Bevan

Her poem is a key part of the Bevan Commission’s #AboveandBeyond campaign which is enabling people to share personal messages to show support and thanks to health and care professionals in caring for people across Wales during the Covid 19 crisis.

Nygaire, who was named after Aneurin Bevan, said, “The last year we have seen all health and care staff doing extraordinary work, all day, each day, every day. I often think of a quote from my great uncle’s work In Place of Fear, ‘no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means’.

“I have so much respect for all those out there who have kept us safe and well and I wanted to write a few words to share my complete praise and huge thanks for everyone going above and beyond.”

Above and Beyond by Nygaire Bevan

Selfless, dependable and always there,

Those professionals who give and care,

We clapped to support you to keep you going,

The impact of this we had no way of knowing.

You looked quite alien with gowns, gloves and masks

You worked as a team never minding the ranks.

Holding the hands of the sick and dying,

Never once failing, and sometimes crying.

Exhausted and tired but soldiering on,

Faith and belief even more strong.

When this is all over, rest you will need,

To rebuild your strength and soul to feed.

You are amazing, incredible people and give of your all,

Going above and beyond you deserve the curtain calls.

What an incredible service the NHS is, which we must not neglect,

But it’s you the people within it that makes it so, so perfect.

Nygaire is a key member of Wales’s leading health and care think tank the Bevan Commission, supporting its work to build healthcare services based on Aneurin Bevan’s core principles to best meet the needs of the people of Wales.

The NHS is dear to her heart and she has spent her career caring for others, as a nurse, working with people with learning disabilities and supporting older people and carers.

To join in and share your message of thanks and support to health and care staff as well as all frontline workers, communities and the public for making a difference please post on Twitter using the hashtag #AboveandBeyond and tag in @bevancommission.