Day of Thanks Will Recognise Contribution of Key-Workers and Community

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  • Messages were posted throughout Thursday in the lead up to Clap for Carers
  • Community groups and organisations encouraged to take part

The selfless contributions of workers and volunteers to support residents through the COVID-19 outbreak were highlighted by Wigan Council. A day of recognition was held last Thursday marking the efforts of individuals and teams across many sectors throughout the borough.

The council issued regular thank-you posts on its social media channels and encouraged partner organisations, businesses and services to join in. Messages started at 8am and continued throughout the day serving as a precursor to the ever-popular Clap for Carers slot at 8pm.

From NHS key-workers to teachers and education staff, local authority teams, businesses, community groups, shop workers and volunteers – the response to the pandemic has been a true team effort.

Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said:
“We have been facing unprecedented challenges but it has been inspiring to see the way so many organisations across the borough have risen to the task in such an admirable fashion.

“Residents continue to receive support in many different forms and key services have been maintained. Everyone who has contributed deserves recognition because it has been no easy task.

“That is what we did on Thursday; to make sure we show our gratitude loud and clear while also recognising that we have a long way to go.”

The council posted a selection of the many examples of workers and volunteers going the extra mile.

However, there was a realisation that there is not enough time in the day to mark every contribution and that is why organisations throughout the borough were encouraged to showcase their own examples, using the hashtags #bekind and #wevegotthis.

Last month thank you messages were painted on roads outside a number of buildings throughout the borough for key-workers.

Coun Molyneux added: “I hope everyone continues to show their support at 8pm every Thursday for frontline workers, but let’s follow their lead and go above and beyond in showing our appreciation to all those working in response to COVID-19.”

Find all the latest information and support from the council during Covid-19 at www.wigan.gov.uk/coronavirus .

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