SCVS have received a message of thanks for the thousands of volunteers giving their time to support people in Swansea during coronavirus from Louise Fleet JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant for West Glamorgan who succeeded D. Byron Lewis Esq., CVO, after his retirement in February 2020.

Louise Fleet HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Glamorgan - May 2020"Dear Volunteers,

After eight weeks of lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus, I wanted to send all of you who have volunteered a message of appreciation and gratitude for the amazing work done by you all during this time.

Anne Frank, the Dutch schoolgirl who hid with her family for two years before being imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she died in early 1945, wrote her famous diary when she was in hiding which, despite her circumstances was full of hope.   She wrote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need not wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  

During the past eight weeks there have been many local people across all our communities who did not wait a single moment before they started to improve the world around them.   All of you who volunteered rallied to help and support those in need during the Covid-19 lockdown, whether they were neighbours, friends, relatives or complete strangers.   Your volunteering efforts have helped to change the world around us - hopefully for ever.

you gave hope and kindness in a time of uncertainty - and they are very special gifts

We have seen how cruel the virus is – it doesn’t care who it affects or how.  To help us deal with its impact, we know that no one can do everything, but we can all do something.   Every one of you who volunteered has acted with compassion, patience and care and have done something good and kind that has helped to lift peoples’ hearts and lightened or even removed some of their worries and concerns.  It might have been shopping, collecting prescriptions, doing a bit of DIY, delivering a hot meal or a food parcel, organising community entertainment, or it might have been a smile, a telephone call, a kindly world, a listening ear. Whatever you have done, you have made a difference to someone’s life and that is a wonderful achievement. 

When we volunteer to help others, we forge connections with them that binds us together.  Those who receive are forever grateful and those who give do so not for monetary reward but because they care that someone else’s life is important and want to help. 

As we recover from the pandemic there are still many challenges ahead – probably for many months to come and people will continue to need help and support.  As your lives return to some degree of normality you may find you are not able to give as much of your time as you have recently done, but whatever support and help you can continue to give will still be highly valued and appreciated by those who need you.

I just want to send you my personal thanks for all the help you have given: you gave hope and kindness in a time of uncertainty - and they are very special gifts."

Louise Fleet HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Glamorgan