A close up image of a woman, Peaches Goulding, wearing red glasses. She is smiling, looking away from the camera.

Image © (EyesUp Films, Bristol)

Pictured: (Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant)

Living through a health, social and economic crisis, as we have over the past year, touches every one of us.

Our freedom to roam beyond our front doors was curtailed; most businesses had to cease trading; many people lost their livelihoods; others were devastated by the loss of someone most precious to them. Essential workers continued to operate hospitals, schools, trains and busses, care homes and vital services. Volunteers rallied together to feed the hungry, house the homeless or collect medicines from pharmacies.  We found new ways to check that family, friends, colleagues or neighbours were alright.  In the face of anxiety and fear of the unknown, many among us became heroes for the way they faced this crisis.

One year on from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, let us remember what we have lost, what we most cherish and how wonderful it will be to meet each other again.

Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant