Councillors lead the call to celebrate Gloucestershire’s Covid-19 volunteers

Unanimous backing for councillors calling to celebrate the Gloucestershire’s volunteers and memorialise the loss of lives of so many in our county.

Gloucestershire County Councillors have, today, unanimously backed opposition calls to commemorate those who tragically lost their lives to Covid-19 and to celebrate those volunteers who came forward to help those in need. 

In addition to the incredible actions of County Council staff – many of whom went above and beyond to protect the children and adults in their care; changed roles overnight to contact those in need; not fogetting those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make all these things possible – thousands of volunteers registered to do everything from collecting and distibuting food parcels, to collecting prescriptions and combatting the loneliness that comes from having to shield from the virus. 

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats and proposer of the motion, said:

“When future generations look back on this tragic period, the standout figure will undoubtedly be the tragic loss of so many lives – yet this period of time has also been epitomised by tremendous acts of kindness and generosity exhibited by Gloucestershire’s residents.

“Without volunteers coming forwards, Gloucestershire County Council could never have hoped to respond to the thousands of calls for support – and I am therefore delighted to hear that these efforts will be celebrated in the future.”

Cllr Lesley Williams, Leader of the Labour Group and seconding the motion, said:

“Within hours of setting up the Gloucestershire Help Hub, thousands of volunteers had registered to help those most in need.  Whether it was distributing food, collecting prescriptions or offering time to talk on the phone, each of these acts deserve to celebrated alongside the work of our own County Council staff who worked tirelessly to keep the public safe.

“I look forward to working with the other County Councillors to determine an appropriate series of events and permanent memorials to appropriately celebrate our volunteers and commemorate those who tragically lost their lives.”

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