LUDLOW MP Philip Dunne has been thanking volunteers for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The MP and former health minister joined volunteers at Ludlow Hospital.

It was part of the commemoration of ‘volunteers week.’

Philip Dunne MP joined local charities in thanking local volunteers for their hard work supporting people and communities across south Shropshire as part of Volunteers’ Week 2021.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration, now in its 37th year, of the contribution and dedication of millions of volunteers who give up their time in the service of others.

This year Volunteer’s Week is celebrating both those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months, but also all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

“These past 18 months have really shown the importance of volunteers to the community in south Shropshire, many of whom decided to volunteer for the first time,” said Mr Dunne.

“This has complemented the exceptional work of regular volunteers in local charities and organisations across south Shropshire, who selflessly give up their time for causes about which they are passionate, but may have seen their efforts disrupted by the pandemic.”

“From NHS and vaccine volunteers, to those who supported neighbours who needed food and medical deliveries while shielding, and all others who give up their time, I want to thank everyone who has gone above and beyond to volunteer in the community.”

Ludlow responded to the call for community volunteers at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

As well has working at clinics at Ludlow Hospital, the Mascall Centre and racecourse, volunteers have also been helping with shopping and the collection of medicines.

Also of importance has been keeping in touch with people living on their own and having to self-isolate to stay safe.