This last year Coventry has spent many hours questioning when will we return to ‘normal’? There is no answer to this question, what is normal? Whilst the year has been incredibly hard for most, it has seen so many of us lose loved ones, livelihoods have been under immense strain, people have worked all hour’s day in, day out.
As a frontline Paramedic I have worked tirelessly during the pandemic and witnessed this first-hand and cried so many tears along the way.
Having lived in Coventry all my life, I am extremely proud of the community spirit and so many of us pulling together. Really helping those in their hour of need, raising funds, donating in various ways which has helped St Oswald’s Foodbank along with many other organisations and community groups within Woodlands ward.
Together we face many challenges in the months ahead, with families struggling to adapt to the new normal. It is vital now more than ever that our young people are provided with the opportunity to get back to a level playing field in their education and make up for the lost learning they experienced during the pandemic supporting them with their mental health and future employment opportunities.
As a Paramedic, I do not do my job to receive special thanks I consider myself a small part of a massive effort that worked relentlessly during the pandemic, from NHS workers, Council workers, and Delivery drivers we all played our part. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every front-line worker that has worked endlessly over the last 12 months to make sure we were safe and had access to our essential services.
Mark Farr, Woodlands Ward