Frontline and NHS workers across Hertfordshire have had a tough year as they powered on through the turmoil of the pandemic to keep our loved ones safe.
In tribute to their dedication, events were held across the county yesterday (Monday, July 5) as part of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.
The day honours those who continue to put their lives on the line during the pandemic, as well as remember colleagues who have lost their lives during this period. The date was chosen as it marks the 73rd anniversary the NHS was founded in 1948.
In Watford Elected Mayor Peter Taylor and Watford Borough Council chairman councillor Bilquees Mauthoor visited the Tremona Care Home to say thank you to the care workers.
The tribute did not stop there as the Town Hall was also illuminated blue representing the NHS logo and showing solidarity to NHS workers.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said as we start to make our way out of the pandemic we must not forget the dedication of NHS workers and those we have lost.
“NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day is an important moment to mark the service and sacrifice of the NHS and health workers, as well the amazing community spirit of the town to come together to help each other.
“As we recover from the pandemic and look forward to the prospect of a return to a more normal way of life, we must not forget the memory of those who are no longer with us and we need to continue to do all we can to protect ourselves and each other from this virus.”
The celebrations did not stop there as a two-minute silence was observed by Three Rivers council staff with the raising of a flag at the offices in Rickmansworth.
Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council (pictured), wanted to say a big thank you to everyone in Three Rivers.
She said: “The past 15 months have been a relentlessly difficult time. The extraordinary dedication and bravery of so many people has been truly inspirational: from doctors, nurses, paramedics and care workers, to all those in frontline services including our own bin crews, the police, fire service, teachers and delivery services.
“We will never forget all those who so sadly lost their lives during the pandemic while trying to protect others.”
Hertsmere Borough Council’s street scene were also among those to be recognised as they were presented with a certificate of grateful recognition by the council’s Managing Director, Sajida Bijle and Executive Director, Peter Geraghty.
The crew, which includes all those who are based in and out of the Potters Bar depot, worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to maintain waste collections, clean roads, empty litter bins, collect fly tips, keep parks clean and safe, and treat infestations.
Alex Holloway, the council’s Street Scene Services Manager, who received the certificate on behalf of the team said: “I am honoured to accept the certificate of recognition on behalf of our waste and street scene teams and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of such a deserved team.
“Our team have worked tirelessly over the past 16 months to continue delivering services to our residents and customers within Hertsmere.
“They have faced the same personal challenges as many have during the pandemic whilst attending work and carrying out their duties to the best of their abilities.
“The resilience and determination they have shown is unquestionable and testament to their individual characters.”