Lockdown anniversary: Sherburn’s response

Today (23 March 2021) marks a year since the first lockdown in the UK; a year which has brought loss and great difficulty for many people.

It has also been a year when residents responded to the challenge. Even before the first lockdown started, residents were asking what they could do to help. That wave of support was essential in the fight against Covid.

Geoff Harrop raises the flag on the church

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust helped to set up Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group (SCAG) and on the 21st and 22nd March 2020 volunteers from Sherburn White Rose Football Club leafleted every house in Sherburn in Elmet explaining that support was available.

But that support was only possible if there were enough volunteers who were willing to help. Fortunately Sherburn residents responded.

Mick Hawes is the volunteer manager for SCAG and he said the support offered by volunteers had been essential in the battle against coronavirus – “Without our volunteers we wouldn’t have been able to do anything. They visited people, helped with shopping, prescriptions and other essential supplies and provided information.”

It has been a difficult year, but hopefully we can be cautiously optimistic about emerging from lockdown, and we can certainly be proud of the way our community has responded to this pandemic.