COMMUNITY-minded residents in Evesham and Pershore have been praised for coming together to help tackle the Coronavirus crisis as five of the county’s victims of the virus were revealed as Pershore people.
Mayor of Pershore Coun Chris Parsons and Mayor of Evesham Coun Mark Goodge offered their praise for the actions of Vale residents in the week the death toll from the COVID-19 virus reached 49 people in Worcestershire and more than 7,000 nationwide.
Pershore’s first citizen revealed five members of the local community had so far died because of the virus and offered his heartfelt condolences to the victims families.
“The poster which we created at an early stage of developments regarding the Coronavirus stated ‘people are dying from this in the local area’. Sadly this is now the case as five members of the Pershore community have now lost their lives,” he said.
“Our website aims to keep all residents advised of the current situation, hopefully this will avoid a lot of the wrong information that tends to circulate as the crisis develops.”
“Every resident of Pershore is a valued member of our community and I urge you all to stay safe and positive.”
Coun Parsons urged local residents to enjoy quality time in their gardens during the current spell of fine weather and lavished praise on those who applaud the work of NHS staff in the county and further afield.
“It was gratifying to hear so many people stood on their doorsteps clapping. The applause was for all our NHS staff and the many others that are working so hard in both difficult and dangerous circumstances.”
In his Mayor’s Diary for the Observer, Coun Goodge reflected on Evesham’s efforts to take the lockdown imposed by the Government seriously and how the community has stepped up to look after the town’s vulnerable residents.
“Staying at home as much as possible and keeping your distance when you do need to go out, is absolutely crucial to getting the infection under control. I’m pleased to see how empty the streets, parks and meadows have been and how considerate their users have been when it comes to giving each other a wide margin,” he said.
“I’m proud of the way our community has stepped up to the plate when it comes to supporting the vulnerable and needy in our town. The Town Council has played its part in this, making its vans available to distribute food and other necessities to people unable to go to the shops themselves.
“I also want to thank everyone who isn’t at home, because they still have important work to do. From supermarket workers to bin lorry drivers, post office staff to broadband and mobile engineers, we rely on you to make the lockdown tolerable!
“And, of course, the NHS and emergency services, who are doing a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances.”