Rita Ora pays tribute to doctor mum Vera as singer celebrates 72nd birthday of the NHS

RITA Ora has gushed over her doctor mum, Vera, as the singer celebrated the NHS' 72nd birthday.

The singer, 29, posted a heartfelt tribute to her mum and all NHS workers on Sunday.

Rita posted a photo of Vera in her blue medical scrubs and NHS lanyard while balancing a laptop on her legs.

She also included vintage black and white photos of the early days of the National Health Service.

Rita captioned the emotional post: "Happy 72nd birthday to the @nhswebsite!!‬

"Thank you to all NHS workers for your incredible service during Covid-19 and beyond ❤️ I’ll be joining at 5pm to celebrate all NHS workers past and present 👏🏼🎉❤️🥰 so proud of you mum!!! @veraora."

The Anywhere singer then asked her 16.1million followers to tag their NHS Hero in the comments.

One Instagram user wrote: "Vera our hero ."

The close mother and daughter reunited for the first time since lockdown at the Cotswolds house Rita is renting.

Vera posted the reunion on her Instagram in a range of sweet photos.

One post showed Vera applying makeup to Rita's face and called herself, "Mama Ora handy dora!"

She included other pics on her Instagram Story showing fans inside the glamorous house.

Calling it her "country life weekend", the doctor clearly loved reconnecting with her daughter.

The Masked Singer judge rented the mansion in the Cotswold at the beginning of lockdown which is miles away from her main home, in London.

When she first headed there she was blasted for seeing out the coronavirus crisis in a rented holiday home.

Locals claim she has been living it up with pals at property 150 miles from her North London home despite publicly backing lockdown rules.

Her agent insisted she had arrived at the idyllic farmhouse on March 21 — prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stay-at-home edict.

The Hot Right Now singer will remain tucked away in the country pile until it is safe to head home.

Rita paid tribute to the NHS on its 72nd birthday as thousands of Brits, including the Beckhams and PM Boris Johnson, led a round of applause for NHS workers.

Today's clap for the NHS' birthday was inspired by the weekly Clap for Carers which ran weekly in the early weeks of lockdown.

Annemarie Plas started the initiative and said it was important to stop for a moment to pay tribute to frontline workers who helped weather the pandemic.

She told BBC Breakfast on Sunday morning: "We have had this first part of the crisis, we don't know what lies ahead, so if we can have this one moment where we say thank you to each other and recharge our batteries for what may be a heavier time that lies ahead, then I think that is a beautiful moment."

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