Blue seafront lights for our carers

Published Wednesday, 1st April 2020

Light on Southend Seafront turned blued.

The lights on Southend-on-Sea seafront will remain blue in honour of the carers in our community who are doing such a fantastic job.

The lights were initially changed on Thursday 26 March 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, to let our NHS and social workers know how much they are appreciated.

Now the decision has been made to keep the light podiums along City Beach blue as a small gesture to all those on the frontline delivering much needed care to the sick and vulnerable during this national coronavirus crisis.

The Worshipful the Mayor, Cllr John Lamb, said: “We really do owe a debt of gratitude to our NHS who are on the frontline fighting this, but also our own social care workers”.

“Our adult social care team have been working tirelessly alongside our contracted carers to keep residents safe and cared for in their own homes. They have also been working with staff at Southend Hospital to make sure medically fit patients can get home quickly, freeing up beds as the country prepares for the anticipated peak of the virus next week.

“Our children’s social care team have also been working closely with schools to make sure those vulnerable children, and their families, get the support and the care that they need. This is also an opportunity to thank all staff and volunteers involved in supporting the Coronavirus pandemic and keeping business as usual services running too.

“We, the general public cannot do much at this moment in time to express our thanks for the hard work and commitment of these vital workers. But, I hope that changing the lights is a small gesture to show our gratitude for their ongoing duty, loyalty, compassion and commitment.”

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. Stay safe and healthy.

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