This week, individuals and families, business and voluntary groups across St Helens North came together to reflect on one year since the first coronavirus lockdown began.
Though these last 12 months have brought profound challenges, and sadly, loss – they have also shown what a resilient, caring and determined community ours really is.
My team and I are still working tirelessly to support our people, and ensure everyone in St Helens North has what they need to get through this crisis.
Since the first lockdown, I have assisted over 2150 of my constituents on matters as wide ranging as health issues, shielding and employment, to financial support, education and childcare.
I’ve helped more than 200 local businesses, as well as many self-employed people and sole traders, whether by clarifying guidance or securing crucial funds – including for those shockingly excluded by Government from the main support schemes.
Throughout, I have been proud to back the efforts of our Labour-run St Helens Council, as well as countless community groups, businesses and residents – whose generosity has been phenomenal.
Our key workers – including local NHS staff and volunteers – have especially been brilliant.
And now with the vaccine swiftly rolling out, I’ve asked Government to give us more resources, community testing, and our mass vaccination site for St Helens – the first to open on Merseyside. I’ll keep fighting for the vaccine supply we need.
Although we can cautiously hope for better days ahead, I know this is still such a difficult time.
If you need help, please get in touch, and know that I’m here to support you, your family and our community as we face these pivotal few months into a more hopeful future.