The past few months have been the most challenging in our charity’s history. Since 1948, we have relied on the generosity of volunteer London cabbies and helpers prepared to go the extra mile - literally and metaphorically.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of disruption.
With many traditional support networks unable to cope, vulnerable veterans were left isolated. Never has the generous heart and spirit of our volunteers proved so essential.
As the country went into lockdown, we redirected our energies and focused on providing practical help. This is my opportunity to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all those volunteers who went that extra mile.
We thank all our unsung heroes for:
visiting veterans near and far for a socially distanced chat
delivering shopping and supplies, prescriptions, home-made meals and cakes, goodie bags and gifts
helping with gardening and other maintenance
contacting other agencies for veteran support outside our remit
making a lockdown birthday a little bit special
driving veterans who wished to attend funerals
proposing ideas and ways to keep in touch
creating and posting thousands of greeting cards, brochures and gifts to our veterans,
raising spirits and reminding them they had not been forgotten
keeping our charity in the headlines, when we could so easily slip off the radar
taking photos and making video clips for our website and social media
continuing to raise much needed funding
and to all our friends in Normandy and the Netherlands for their cards, letters and online messages of support.
Your place on our roll of honour is well deserved.