It’s true that lights shine brightest on the darkest of days as, since the start of the pandemic, we’ve witnessed countless acts of kindness and the best of humankind.
As the UK marks National Volunteers’ Week on 1-7 June, the Oddfellows Cumbria Branch would like to say thank you to, and formally recognise, all the people of Cumbria who have selflessly stepped forward to help those in need in ways we’ve never seen before.
As with other local organisations supporting older or vulnerable people in the area, including many who live alone or who are shielding, our volunteers have made a huge difference to the scale of help we can offer, such as making welfare check-in calls, organising essential shopping and providing company through befriending and virtual events.
Once again, our most heartfelt thanks go to the individuals who have given their time freely to be a friend to those in desperate need. We will not forget your kindness, and we hope that their example continues to inspire many others to offer their help where possible, long into the future.