“The artist Jeremy Deller has created a poster celebrating the role of immigrants in combating the Coronavirus to raise funds for refugees, asylum seekers and food banks during the pandemic.
Money raised from sales of the poster, which states Thank God For Immigrants, will support Refugee Action and the Trussell Trust, which runs two-thirds of the UK’s food banks. Its muted multi-coloured pastel hues also evoke church posters and Easter.
The A2-sized posters, which cost £25, are available from the website of graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge, who collaborated with Deller on the project.
Muggeridge said he hoped people would display the posters as a tribute to NHS staff and other key workers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are on the frontline of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. He said:
A lot of immigrants are working in our hospitals and we hope people will put the posters in their windows to thank and support them for everything they’re doing.
The first four doctors who died of COVID-19 in the UK – Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, Amged el-Hawrani, 55, and Adil El Tayar, 64 and GP Dr Habib Zaidi, 76– were from a BAME background. Another, senior heart surgeon Jitendra Rathod, died aged 62 at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on Monday. Nurse Areema Nasreen, 36, died in late March at Walsall Manor hospital in the West Midlands, where she had worked for 16 years.”