Op Covid19 – Review of 2020

It has been our biggest deployment ever since we were formed in 2008, and unusually for us there wasn’t a drop of snow in sight.

As the country got to grips with what was about to become ‘normal’, our volunteers took to the road over the Easter weekend, working with Northamptonshire County Council, Red Cross, Search & Rescue and others to deliver food packs to those who were shielding or otherwise vulnerable, and who couldn’t safely venture out for themselves.

We also collected prescriptions for people unable to fetch them, and at the Council’s request started visiting people to ensure they were safe and well, and had what they needed.

Many of our volunteers were either still working from home full-time, or went back to work after furlough, but they still gave their time during the evenings and at weekends to ensure nothing got missed.

Even our members who were shielding were able to play their part, receiving the requests for help, tasking our Responders on the road, and checking up on their welfare to ensure they got home safely from their duty.

As we go in to 2021, and Northamptonshire goes in to Tier 4 restrictions, the team will still be supporting the county’s response for as long as it takes.

We would like to thank all our volunteers, colleagues, supporters and friends, both across the county and beyond, and a special thank you to our volunteers’ families who have allowed us to disrupt their households for a call-out.

Without teamwork it couldn’t happen; thank you all.