The Governments Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam has taken time out of his hectic schedule to pay tribute and thank the many volunteers across Boston and Lincolnshire for their hard work and support during this pandemic.

Across Boston and Lincolnshire thousands of volunteers and community groups have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide much needed support. This has ranged from mobilizing a small army of people to support the NHS with the vaccination programme, helping vulnerable people across the county and just being there for their community to break the feeling of isolation that many people have experienced during lockdown.

Jonathan’s message was sourced as part of the Empowering Healthy Communities Programme at Boston Borough Council at the request of the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) in a drive to raise the profile of volunteers and volunteering across the county during National Volunteers Week. As a key partner in the coordination and delivery of the county’s social prescribing service, LCVS are working at the heart of the community’s response to the pandemic, supporting and coordinating a range of projects and services that showcase the massive impact that the voluntary sector can have in supporting our community’s health and wellbeing.

Michelle Howard, Assistant Director for Hosing and Wellbeing, said: “A huge thank you to Professor Jonathan Van Tam for his support over this past year. We would also like to say thank you to all our volunteers across the Borough.”

Angela Dobson, Senior Area Officer for Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service said: “It is great to see someone of Jonathan’s standing taking the time to share a genuine thank you to the people of his home town, that do so much for their community” she went on to say “We know from working with thousands of volunteers, how much a simple thank you can mean to them. We at LCVS are keen to ensure that they get the recognition that they deserve and that they are very blessed and honoured to have had a small part in supporting the individuals and groups that do so much for so many”.