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24 October 2020 • Forest Row Local
 Covid-19 is the most profound societal, economic and public health challenge since the Second World War. It has taken a great toll on our everyday way of life and posed a great danger to our lives. However, the outbreak has also brought out the very best in human nature and our community spirit.
The volunteer-led collective efforts from Wealden residents to fight the pandemic and support their local communities have been astonishing. In July, I launched the “Wealden Hero Award” to extend my gratitude to Wealden residents for their extraordinary efforts and to celebrate their unyielding determination to support the community throughout the crisis. From the overwhelming number of nominations I received,
I know that so many people across Wealden have made personal sacrifices and put their own lives at risk to help others. I had the privilege to meet some of them throughout the summer.
Despite the difficulties that local businesses have faced, our village stores in Upper Dicker, Laughton, Maresfield, Five Ash Down and Hartfield have remained opened and worked tirelessly to provide essentials to the community. Our small family businesses, such as the Perryhill Farm and Davies butchers in Horam have gone above and beyond
Hartfield Village Store
to supply local produce and provide deliveries to vulnerable customers. The wonderful English Soap Company has donated thousands of their products to foodbanks, hospitals, care homes and those in need. Our pubs, such as the Buxted Inn and Hailsham’s King’s Head Cacklebury, have served as hubs for volunteers to operate from and offer lifeline services to those shielding. Our community radio stations Uckfield FM and Hailsham FM have been instrumental in sharing latest information and guidance. New friendships have been created through wonderful projects such as “Scrubbers United” and the
“Sewing Crow-Bees”, which have brought together volunteers of all abilities to create PPE and face coverings for frontline workers and the community. New community leaders have emerged across the constituency in an effort to organise local response and mobilise a team of volunteers to support those in need.
Sewing Crow-Bees
I have been truly heartened to see so many acts
of kindness throughout this unprecedented time and I cannot thank all these wonderful individuals enough for ensuring that our vulnerable neighbours had familiar faces to turn to for support and for going above and beyond throughout the crisis. The responsibility to keep each other safe has become a defining feature of our lives and I am so proud that Wealden has set a fine example.
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