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Who would you hug? #NationalHugDay

Sometimes only a hug will do, but as the whole country continues to face ongoing coronavirus restrictions, sadly it’s not possible to hug those nearest and dearest to us.

Today, on National Hug Day, people across Sefton are being encouraged to look ahead to happier times and think about who they will hug and why. People can join the conversation online on the Council’s social media channels- Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

To mark the day, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, has also recorded a reading of Eoin McLaughlin’ bestselling children’s book ‘While We Can’t Hug’. Featuring best of friends, Hedgehog and Tortoise, the book explains how there are many ways to show affection for loved ones in a socially distanced way, for children and adults alike. 

Sefton Council staff have been reflecting on who they will hug, just as soon as they are able to again.

Blue heart with arms wrapped around it with the text: who would you hug and why?

“I cannot wait to be able to hug the people I love the most! I’ve missed my hugs so much!! And that is one of the hardest things about the pandemic! At the moment, I get to hug my dog, even though he hates it!”

“I’d hug my 85-year-old nan, who I haven’t seen since September! I can’t wait for all of us to finally get the vaccine, meaning soon enough we can all give each other a big squeeze again.”

“I LOVE a hug, it always makes me feel better. I would hug my mum and dad, I will hug them so tight and probably cry whilst I am holding them. I hope this happens very soon.”

“Not being able to see your family when you want to is so difficult. I can’t wait for the moment when all generations (from age 88 to only 4 months) can reunite for one great big family hug!”

“I’d love to give my friends a great big hug right now. So many of them have lost family members, have been shielding or have really struggled this past year. And whilst a video call is lovely, nothing can replace a hug!”

“I would hug my grandchildren one by one and then hug them all again!”

“I’d hug my 88-year-old mum, my sister and my niece, who all live over 200 miles away in Essex and who I haven’t seen for nearly a year.”

“I would hug my lovely colleagues who’ve become close friends and who I haven’t seen since we started working from home. I miss our laughs, daily catch ups and chats over lunch.”