Unanimous backing for councillor's call 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 a call 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 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 forgetting those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make all these things possible – thousands of volunteers registered to do everything from collecting and distributing 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.
"In Bourton alone there have been 140 Street Volunteers - an amazing contribution to society!"