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Letter of Thanks to Volunteers

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Letter from Dr Chris Clayton – Executive Lead of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.  

As  we  reach  the  one  year  milestone of  the  Covid -19  response in Derbyshire it is  important that  we reflect on all aspects of the response so far, including the successes in addition to the challenges and personal  tragedies that it has  brought. 

Since the earliest days of  the pandemic I have been aware of the work done by people who have offered their time and skills on a voluntary basis to support  neighbours, vulnerable people and our health and care  services.  Without this  willingness at the heart of the system  the pandemic response in Derbyshire, we  would not have reached so many  people, or achieved the level of success that  it has.

I am writing this letter to all volunteers and community responders; to those who came forward as part of a spontaneous outpouring of community goodwill, those who have responded to the call-out for support from health and care services and those  coming forward through local voluntary sector organisations.   

I would like to acknowledge your achievements and to offer a personal thank you for the support you have given to health and care services in the Derbyshire system during a year that has seen our greatest challenges since the NHS was founded.   

Looking back on these times, our residents will remember the volunteers and responders who brought food and prescriptions to their doorstep when they had no way to collect these themselves; the volunteers who put them at ease when they  came nervously into a vaccination centre; those who helped them at the food bank and those who gave a few minutes of their time to give them a call and make sure  they were  OK.

The work that you have done has been of great value I am sure to the people of Derbyshire and that this continues without wavering a whole year in, is down to your  dedication and determination. 

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. 

Yours  faithfully, Dr Chris Clayton (MA MB BChir DRCOG PGCGPE MRCGP)
Executive Lead 

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