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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.

Michael Fabricant. Picture: UK Parliament

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“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

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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5 Comments

  1. Why not before what have you done Mr Fabricant or your partener in crime in Tamworth.
    Real volunteers have been rewarded like the Cumbria Mountain Rescue Charity come on Michael get your wheel barrow out and help people

  2. The very least you could do Mr Fabricant is to lobby for a properly funded society that doesn’t need to rely on unpaid work, charity, and centenarians walking around their garden.

  3. Perhaps Michael is not familiar with this award

    We are honoured to announce that the twelve Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

    I know we do not have Mountain Rescue in Lichfield but it is the award for voluntary service that I highlite

  4. While there has been and still is to a point, fewer cars around Lichfield surely this would be the best time to refill the deep and dangerous potholes around the city. Lower Sandford Street has several severe holes, drivers need to swerve around them. They have been refilled several times over 12 months but obviously not been refilled to the ideal standard.

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