A letter to Staffordshire from the Chairman
These are, as we are all aware, unprecedented and difficult times.
I would like to express, on behalf of myself as Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, and on behalf of your county councillors, our immense sadness at the deaths suffered during this current pandemic. Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences are sent to all of you who have unfortunately lost love ones, we are thinking of you all and understand the grief you have gone through, and are going through.
You may be interested that St Paul's Cathedral has launched a national online book of condolences ‘Remember Me’ for those who have lost their lives to coronavirus. Family, friends and carers of those who have died of COVID-19 and were living in the UK can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message in honour of their deceased loved one. The book is open to people of all faiths or none.
I would also like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with those of you, or your family and friends, who are suffering from the virus at this moment, and our thanks are with all those involved in your own or your loved one’s treatment.
While many people are following government guidance and staying at home, this is not an option for frontline and key workers, you continue to care for and provide support to everyone within our communities who need you, in the most incredibly challenging circumstances. We have all been humbled and astounded at the total selflessness and devotion of our frontline and key workers, in whatever their capacity, they have given so much in the fight against coronavirus. An unreserved thank you from myself and your Staffordshire councillors to each and every member of our frontline and key workers.
Throughout this amazing county there are also many in our communities who are volunteering to work daily to ensure support is given to our elderly and vulnerable residents, making sure everyone has food on their tables, and that vital supplies are delivered to individuals and organisations. Supporting the vulnerable at this time can also be simply going to the shops for a neighbour.
I have heard of some astonishing examples of work being undertaken in the communities throughout the county and I want you to know that I really appreciate all of your efforts. I would personally like to thank you all for going the extra mile during this difficult time.
I stand ready to play a full part in the recovery within this county, as and when our communities can seek to come to terms with all that has happened in recent weeks. The authority will be looking at ways to remember everyone’s efforts once the battle with the virus is won and we can come together again.
Kath Perry MBE
Chairman, Staffordshire County Council