After such a devastating year, I wanted to send you all a message of thanks for your compassion and support during these difficult times. I am proud of the way our community has pulled together over the last nine months. From the amazing work by our NHS and care home staff, key workers, community support groups and responders, our posties, bin collectors and cleaners to name a few, and of course to all those who stayed at home to keep the infection rates down, we have all played a part to keep us as safe as possible, and I thank you for that.
Christmas is going to be different this year, I would like to ask that we think of those who are on their own, especially those that have no family of friends nearby, we will be restricted on who we can visit, but a phone call or a wave may make a big difference. If you are on your own, please remember there are local support groups in the Huntingdon area; and nationally, the NHS Responders can support in many ways, and that includes giving you a ring just to chat and check you are ok, there are thousands of volunteers sitting at the end of a phone waiting to give you a call.
We do have good news on the horizon, the vaccination programme has started with protecting those living or working in care homes, the vulnerable and the elderly. It will not be a quick process, but at least we have hope of better times next year.
So, whilst we are on a positive note, I am going to finish here by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I hope that during my time as Mayor, I can get out and meet up with as many of you as possible; in the meantime, stay safe and look out for each other. Thank you.