As we are slowly coming out of the third national lockdown, we have been reflecting on the past year of the pandemic and how much of an impact our volunteers have had on our frontline service. From March 2020 our volunteers have never hesitated in their decisions to continuously support our outreach service, supporting individuals sleeping rough in what were uncertain and challenging times for us all. From the beginning of the first national lockdown it’s safe to say nobody knew how the next year would look and it was a year that we will never forget. We want to say a huge thank you for the time and efforts of our volunteers who have supported us throughout, as well as some new members that have seen how the pandemic has affected our charity and the wider local community and wanted to offer a helping hand. Our Emmaus UK President, Terry Waite, has also recognised the contribution of our volunteers and has created a video of appreciation for them.
We’re sending out a big thank you to one of our volunteers, Louise Lawlor.
Louise already does a sterling job by turning out on shift every week in all weathers but further surprised us recently. She had been affected by the plight of one of our female rough sleepers recently when speaking to her on a particularly cold Bridlington seafront. The lady highlighted the difficulty in getting her hands and feet warm. As a result that evening Louise set up a funding page and very quickly reached her target and beyond.
As a result we have been able to supply hand and feet warmers along with hot water bottles and inflatable pillows to many rough sleepers just as the cold weather impacted at its highest. We cannot thank Louise enough for this contribution.