Like me, you were probably out at eight o’ clock last night, paying tribute to our wonderful NHS workers and all essential workers currently doing such an amazing job. A small token of thanks for a debt that is impossible to repay.
Yesterday, I received an email from Charles Bagot-Jewitt, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire. He wanted to make me aware of the the work also being done during the lockdown, by staff and residents at HM Prison Stafford.
Residents are enduring even more disruption to their lives, locked in their cells for 23 hours a day, and unable to have visitors. This has ensured that HM Prison Stafford remains Covid-19 free for staff and inmates.
Residents are fundraising for the NHS and the textiles workshop has been making scrubs for local institutions as part of the ‘lovescrubs’ initiative. The prison has also deliverd a number of food hampers, purchased by residents through their canteen, to the House of Bread foodbank in Stafford.
On behalf of the business community I would like to thank Ralph Lubkowski, Governor HM Prison Stafford, his staff and residents, and all the other prisons in Staffordshire, for all for the supportive work they are doing in helping with the fight against Covid-19 during lockdown.
Earlier this week my blog was about Mental Health Awareness Week and how kindness was so important at present.
It’s a Bank Holiday weekend this weekend, not that many of us will notice the difference. After all the stress of the past few weeks I think it’s a real opportunity to take a break, be kind to others and importantly, be kind to ourselves.I know my team at the Chamber have worked incredibly hard to help business through the pandemic thus far, and there is still a long way to go.
So this weekend, go for a walk, read a book, bake a cake, play some music, enjoy the weather and be kind to yourselves. I’ll be back on Tuesday!
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