Hertsmere’s street scene staff are among those to be recognised for their contribution to maintaining essential services today, the country’s first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.
The team were presented with a certificate of grateful recognition by our Managing Director, Sajida Bijle and Executive Director, Peter Geraghty, at their depot in Cranborne Road Industrial Estate, Potters Bar, ahead of today’s NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day. The crew, which includes all those who are based in and out of the depot, worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to maintain waste collections, clean roads, empty litter bins, collect flytips, keep parks clean and safe, and treat infestations.
In honour of the day, an NHS and key workers' flag has also been raised outside the Civic Offices in Borehamwood at 10am today watched by the Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Anne Swerling, Leader of the council's Labour group, Cllr Jeremy Newmark and representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire University Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).
From left to right are Sergeant Matt Cann from Hertfordshire Police, Cllr Swerling, Cllr Newmark, Angela Edmonds from HPFT, Sajida Bijle, our Managing Director, Peter Geraghty, our Executive Director, Tolulope Akeweje, Chenara Peters and Abimbola Banji-Kelan, all from HPFT.
People are also being encouraged to observe a two-minute silence at 11am in memory of all those who lost their lives in the service of others during the pandemic and at 8pm, members of the public will once again stand on their doorsteps or in their gardens and applaud the efforts of the NHS and all key workers in a nationwide ‘Clapping Our Heroes’ event.
Cllr Anne Swerling said: “NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day is an important way of recognising the service and sacrifice made by all those on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the NHS, social care and our own council staff.
“It’s also a way of remembering the sense of togetherness, support and love which our communities in Hertsmere demonstrated during the bleakest points of the pandemic.
“As we begin to move towards a more normal way of life, we must never forget those who lost their lives looking after us and we must continue to do all we can to minimise the risk of infection and stay safe.”
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.”
The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is being held to honour 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 anniversary the NHS was founded in 1948.
Events are being held throughout the country to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which supports 250 hospitals and their charitable trusts, and the National Care Association, representing 1.6 million workers caring for some of society’s frailest citizens.
For more information go to www.nhsfrontlineday.org
Posted on Monday 5th July 2021