By Keziah Cracknell
Well, this has certainly been some of the strangest four weeks I have ever experienced in my young life, and now, with the news that we are going to be in lockdown until the 7th May, or even longer if you have been given the NHS isolation notice, things may seem tougher than ever. To help provide a bit of hope in the gloom, here are a few stories from the Kirklees area of how people and companies have contributed to the fight against COVID-19.
Firstly, we’ll start with a local nurse, Anne King, who was supposed to retire last week. However, in light of the current situation, she has decided to continue to help her fellow staff and patients. She is an inspiration to us all, and an example of the commitment that NHS is giving.
Lizzie Dripping Crafts, a small local business that offers unique handmade crafts, has specifically made uniform scrub bags for community staff to help keep their uniform sterilised and clean.
Firefighters in West Yorkshire have been visiting Pharmacies to provide community NHS staff with biscuits and treats to keep morale and spirit up.
A local Sainsbury’s has donated Easter Eggs to nearby pediatric wards so that the children got one in time for Easter.
And as always, the heroes at the Welcome Centre have been keeping the food bank open and running to deliver food to those who need it the most. Due to the impact of the virus, they have seen generosity like never before. Our local B&M has donated £1500 to be spent in their store, and Morrison’s have donated £1000 worth of stock, on top of all the generous donations from the community.
These are just a few of the stories that show how Kirklees and West Yorkshire are coming together to combat COVID-19. Let’s be inspired and thankful to those who are putting their lives on the line. Thank You NHS and all the key workers.