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Blue lights to support our carers

Published Thursday, 26th March 2020

Light on Southend Seafront turned blued.

Southend-on-Sea seafront has lit up blue in honour of the carers in our community and in support of the national ‘Clap for our Carers’.

The light podiums along City Beach have been changed from the normal multi-coloured lighting to blue, to honour our care workers who continue deliver much needed care during the coronavirus.

The lights were changed to coincide with ‘Clap for our Carers’, a social media movement encouraging people to stand on their doorstep or by an open window and clap at 8pm on Thursday 26 March, to let our NHS and social workers know how much they are appreciated.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “Local carers are literally putting their lives on the line to keep others safe, healthy and help them survive coronavirus. They continue to look after others who are ill with other serious or long term conditions.

“We, the general public cannot do much at this moment in time to express our thanks for the hard work and commitment of these key workers. Changing the lights is the Council’s small way of joining the ‘Clap for our Carers’ and showing our gratitude for their ongoing duty, loyalty and compassion, along with also recognising the work of our own social workers and other staff working on the frontline.”

The current Government advice is to stay home and save lives. Please follow the Government advice. We would rather you enjoyed the photo than went out to see the lights but if you do, please be sure to observe social distancing and avoid any gatherings of people.

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