The Swanage Town Mayor, Councillor Mike Bonfield has sent a warm message of thanks to the people of Swanage for their efforts to help reduce the impact of coronavirus on the community. In an open letter to residents, he says that Swanage is so fortunate to have such a caring community.
He thanks all those staying at home and those who have volunteered to help others, including all those ‘working tirelessly’ to coordinate everyone’s efforts via the Swanage Community Coronavirus Facebook group.
Rapidly changing situation
Councillor Bonfield also highlights the hard work that council staff have undertaken in such a short space of time to stay on top of a rapidly changing situation.
If anyone who is fit and able and wishes to volunteer in Swanage, they can do so by visiting the Swanage Community Coronavirus Facebook group and filling out the form. The form is also for those wishing to request additional help from their Swanage neighbours over this difficult time.
Mike’s message in full
“I would like to thank the people of Swanage for all that they are doing in this trying time. We are so fortunate to have such a caring community. I must stress that we should all be carrying out the government guidelines and staying indoors – WE ALL HAVE TO DO THIS SO THAT WE CAN BEAT THIS VIRUS AND PROTECT OTHERS.
“We can all help our emergency services by doing our bit to avoid spreading this invisible virus and overloading the hospitals and their workers.
“The Swanage Community Coronavirus Facebook group is working tirelessly to get a system in place to help those who are most at risk or self isolating with collecting shopping, walking pets, collecting medicines or just having a chat on the phone. Thank you all that have volunteered to help with this. The Town Council is supporting these efforts, along with those of all the other voluntary organisations in this town. We must all work together and help each other to get through this hard time.
“Your Town Council has had to close the Town Hall and Information Centre but the staff are all still working on your behalf behind the scenes. I must give thanks to the Town Council’s management team who have worked so hard over the last 10 days to adapt to the changing government guidelines, and we will do all we can for the residents of our lovely town.”Cllr Mike Bonfield, Mayor