COVID-19 is affecting us all. On the front line and behind the scenes are incredible research teams collectively working to develop new diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19. Covid-19 has forced us to do things differently, to be more innovative and more responsive. The R&D community in collaboration with the health and care sectors and voluntary organisations has achieved a phenomenal amount during this period. #Red4Research Day on Friday 18th June 2021 aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 research.
#Red4Research Day began in 2020. It is not country, group or organisation specific but powered by the collective efforts. Research isn’t undertaken by individuals working in isolation, it is collegial, made possible by people around the world working together. Last year #Red4Research was supported by people in America, Australia, Chile, Italy, Spain, Malaysia and India as well as the UK.
What is involved?
The #Red4Research concept is very simple. Wear something red, it can be any item of clothing, then download/print or make a placard saying #Red4Research, take a photo and post it on social media with the #Red4Research hashtag.
It’s all about positivity, creativity and support in the face of adversity. #Red4Research is completely inclusive – anyone, any age, anywhere can participate – children, adults, even pets! Hopefully people might have a bit of fun along the way raising the profile and work of all those involved in the process.
Research doesn’t just happen, people make it happen – research participants, patients, professionals, volunteers and regulatory bodies all collectively working together. Covid-19 has impacted on all of us. Research offers a beacon of hope, it underpins the largest vaccine campaign in history and everybody has played their part.
Sally Humphreys – #Red4Research Day Founder
Chair of NHS R&D Forum RMWG, NHS Research Nurse, PhD Student at University of Hertfordshire
There are a number of resources free to download:
#Red4Research English Resources:
- Placard English
- Email Signature English
- Facebook Header English
- LinkedIn Header English
- Twitter Header English
#Red4Research Welsh Resources:
#Red4Research Resources for Logos
A range of social media templates have been designed which enable you to add your own organisational logo and share across social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To use these
- Insert your photo behind the template
- Add your logo and text on top of the template maintain a clear margin around the #Red4Research
- Post on social media using #Red4Research