Rushcliffe Councillors will present bouquets of flowers to volunteers across the Borough this week as a thank you for helping fellow residents during COVID-19 and reflect National Volunteer Week (June 1-7).
Volunteers or groups across the Borough will be celebrated from each of Rushcliffe’s 25 wards as the Council work with local florists acknowledging their wonderful work with colourful creations.
The helpers have come from many walks of life to step forward and help their neighbours with everything from shopping deliveries and prescription collections, to dog walking, posting mail and emotional support whilst social distancing.
So many are continuing to work selflessly to ensure their neighbours and fellow residents do not face unnecessary challenges alone during the pandemic, aided by Town and Parish Councils and network groups in many communities.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson presented his bouquet to Edwalton resident and Sewa Day volunteer Hetvi Parekh, who has helped co-ordinate meals and support for communities in the Borough and wider Nottinghamshire.
He said: “It has been incredible to see the work of volunteers and groups from all corners of the Borough during these most challenging of times.
“As part of National Volunteer Week, we saw it fitting to show our appreciation to those working hard in our towns and villages, to show we aware of their vital contributions to their community and appreciate their spirit and determination to help others.
“We know this only acknowledges a few of the many hundreds out there in Rushcliffe and we want to thank everyone for their incredible work helping those around them.”
Mrs Parekh said: “I have been delighted to be among those supporting Sewa Day which helps to co-ordinate food distribution to those in need among many local groups such as the Friary, Framework and Gamston Lings Bar Hospital.
“Volunteers have made such a difference to communities responding positively to COVID-19 where they can. I am so pleased to have played a part and thank the Council for acknowledging our efforts to reach out and help.”