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Community activists who have stepped up during the coronavirus crisis should be recognised with a new award, Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has said.
Across the country, groups have sprung up designed to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As well as carrying out shopping duties and collecting medicine, organisations have also stepped up to tackle loneliness for those who are self-isolating.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has now suggested a special Queen’s Award be created to recognise the efforts of volunteers.
“Up and down the country, here in the West Midlands, and especially in Lichfield and Burntwood, people are working together to help defeat COVID-19 in a constructive spirit of community
“And I have today suggested to the Prime Minister that when this fight is over, we recognise the wonderful work that has been done.”Michael Fabricant MP
The MP said the district had been home to groups distributing food boxes and sewing scrubs for nurses over the past few months.
“They do this not for glory, but from a deep sense of community spirit.
“But when this is all over, just like in wartime, acts of selfless giving such as these should be recognised by the state, either with a special Queen’s Awards or some other honours.
“It is the very least we can do – though in the meantime, I give them my deepest thanks.”Michael Fabricant MP