A dedicated team of volunteers from The Rotary Club of Stanmore and Edgeware has played a vital part in the smooth and ongoing running of one of the first London vaccination hubs, The Hive in Edgeware.
Residents in Stanmore and nearby have praised the outstanding work that has took place, with touching comments being left through the centre every day.
It is run by the Harrow East Primary Care Network which consists of three local practices: The Honeypot Medical Centre, Mollison Way Surgery and the Bacon Lane Surgery.
From the moment people arrive in the car park to get the COVID-19 vaccine, to the time they wait in praise from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, when he recently visited the centre.
The volunteers work tirelessly in supporting the clinical team to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
Peter Bradley, a member of the rotary club, had particularly high praised for one of the volunteers.
He said: “There are too many volunteers to mention by name, but one stands out for going above and beyond for his service to his local community. Marcel is there most days often working double shifts, he will not only meet you in the car park, but also arrange a wheelchair and guide you through the whole operation as if you were his own grandparent.
“An attractive feature of Marcel is his friendly banter, which lifts the spirit of the other volunteers. Why does he do it? He told me: ‘I work with some wonderful people and I like working outside and enjoy the fact that I am doing something useful’.”
However, it’s not just Marcel who is a crucial part of the team of volunteers, with everyone pulling together to just get on with it.
One of the volunteers, Danielle Benson, another member of the rotary club, told STANMOREnews: “At the beginning, when it was early days of the operation, the volunteering process obviously had a few teething problems, but we worked quickly to iron those out and it’s been a huge success ever since.
“The camaraderie is amazing between everyone and it makes it a pleasure to be involved in. It’s enabled our club and the rotarians to continue to be regular volunteers, something which we all love to do.
“Everyone is just getting on with it. Our first job is to be at the gate making sure people have got an appointment and have filled out the correct forms, but its also to make sure people feel as comfortable as possible. We’ve had amazing reviews and the general support has been fantastic. I think we’ve seen a real war-time spirit, and everyone is really proud to be organised with such an operation.”