City gives thanks to incredible carers

    Smeaton's Tower will be lit in a blue bask every night this week as a symbol of gratitude

    Carers across the city are being thanked for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

    Plymouth City Council say partners from several different sectors worked together to ensure the most vulnerable residents were looked after.

    Throughout lockdown, Plymouth's army of carers continued to ensure that people were provided with personal care, emotional support, online activities, shopping, medicine collection and were supported with paying bills and accessing money.

    So this week - from Monday 7 until Friday 11 September at 8.00pm - Smeaton’s Tower will be lit as a symbol of the cities gratitude.

    It will continue to be lit in a blue bask every night until Friday.

    An online book of thanks has also been launched, so that residents who were supported by support partners and their staff during the pandemic will have the chance to show their gratitude.

    Councillor Kate Taylor, Cabinet member for Adult Health and Social Care, will also be personally visiting some of the organisations who made this possible to present thousands of people with a letter and Caring for Plymouth badge.

    Kate said:

    "This year has been a year like no other; it is a year that none of us would have predicted would turn out like it has.

    "The coronavirus global pandemic of 2020 has taken hold of the world, and our lives, and we have witnessed our country and city stand still.

    "But there has been a beacon of hope in Plymouth. The sacrifices and services provided by people in caring for Plymouth when it was most in needed have underlined just what a wonderful city we live in.

    "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts - for everything you have done and continue to do. You are all heroes."

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