Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and while we cannot gather to celebrate the work of the thousands of volunteers within our communities, we have even more to give thanks for.
The Covid- pandemic has affected us all and brought challenges in many aspects of our lives. But through these difficulties our communities have come together to support each other, protect the vulnerable and just as importantly, keep up our spirits through these trying times.
From the volunteers supporting charities who work all year round to provide support and assistance, to the new Neighbourhood Support Groups providing shopping, prescription collection and helping in many other ways. People sewing scrubs or scrub bags for the NHS, making facemasks, helping their neighbours, those who signed up to be an NHS or Police volunteer responder, supporting or volunteering in the foodbank, and the many other ways you have been helping (including the New Haw dinosaur lifting children’s spirits during lockdown) – residents across the borough have gone above and beyond this year to volunteer their time and energy to support others.
I wish to thank all of our incredible volunteers helping people through it in so many different ways. I pay tribute to all the volunteers in Runnymede and Weybridge who have my deepest thanks and respect.