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Mayor salutes unsung heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak

During Volunteers’ Week 2020, Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, has written an open letter to the thousands of residents that have decided to help our community and volunteered to support vulnerable, lonely and people at risk during the pandemic.

Mayor Damien Egan

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said,

“I felt compelled to write openly and personally to the volunteers who have helped those who need it the most during this unimaginable period.

“The generosity, spirit and simple kindness of volunteers in Lewisham in response to coronavirus has been truly and deeply inspiring.

“The pandemic has had a profound impact on all of our lives and a growing number of people need our support. In the face of such anxiety about the future, thousands of Lewisham residents have rallied together to help their neighbours – from delivering food and medicines to simply having a friendly conversation with those who have been isolated.

“Even before this crisis, I was in total admiration of the charity, community and voluntary sector here in Lewisham. Now they have come together in a way that everyone should be truly proud of.

“I thank you.”

Collectively volunteers through the Lewisham COVID-19 Response Hub have:

  • Supported 9,000 people
  • Raised over £120,000 for the Lewisham Foodbank appeal
  • Delivered 7,242 food parcels

The Lewisham COVID-19 Response Hub is made up of Lewisham Council, Lewisham Local, Lewisham Food Bank, Voluntary Services Lewisham and Age UK.

Learn more about volunteering opportunities in Lewisham during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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