It is with sadness that we pass the milestone of 1,000 COVID deaths in Bradford and our profound sympathies go out to all those who have lost family and loved ones.

Local communities have shown great resilience and our hearts are warmed by the many acts of kindness and examples of neighbour helping neighbour in a time of adversity. We have witnessed unprecedented levels of cooperation, mobilisation of resources and effort by our health, social care and voluntary sector organisations supported by an army of courageous individuals, who have stepped up to volunteer in the face of this national emergency.

It is important that we continue to make sacrifices and although the measures restrict our way of life, we must abide by them as our actions now, will determine how the disease spreads and how it will impact on our communities in the future. There is hope, in the form of a vaccine that has been deemed safe and effective by the best scientific and medical minds in the world and this is being rolled out as quickly as possible to save lives and protect the vulnerable. To be most effective, it is essential that as many people as possible are vaccinated and that is why when your turn comes, we strongly encourage you to take up the offer unless medically advised not to do so. We believe, that being vaccinated against COVID is perhaps the most important civic duty many of us will have to perform in our lifetime and it is the shared responsibility of all of us.

Volunteers will continue to pay a vital part in our recovery from COVID and more are needed now. If you would like to help your community through volunteering to befriend someone via the telephone who is lonely and isolated, please contact 01274 952200 to find out how.

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