It feels like there is so much going on in the world it’s hard to believe that it’s November already. Sunday 8 November is Remembrance Sunday and this week on Wednesday 11 November, many people across the country will pause at 11am to think and reflect back on the ultimate sacrifice that brave individuals have shown to our country in years gone by.
As you are all aware, the second national lockdown on Thursday 5 November has meant that services which are usually marked with crowds gathering have had to be cancelled. Unfortunately, Remembrance Day is one of them. However, I hope that many of you will take time at 11am on Wednesday, to reflect on the event and honour the moment.
For me, Remembrance Day provides the opportunity to show support to all veterans and active service men and women who protect our country each day. There is no doubt that what they do is incredibly important to the way we live our lives. I would also like to take a moment to recognise the commitment of their families who support their loved ones.
Health and mental wellbeing is something which I am very passionate about and I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of being involved in the forces. 10% of the Doncaster population, that’s 30,000 individuals are thought to have a connection to the armed forces. We have a fantastic Armed Forces Community support offer locally; information can be accessed via the Doncaster Council Website. I am very proud to be a part of this community and would like to share my admiration and thank you for all that you do.
As we come into winter and live with another lockdown, I would like to once again encourage everyone to be kind and look after one another. As much as you cannot mix with other households, you can still telephone, video call, text and email loved ones to help reduce loneliness and isolation this winter.
Elderly people are especially vulnerable once the cold weather rolls in, so I would like to ask everyone with older neighbours to just keep an eye on them, and be mindful they may need help with basic chores like collecting prescriptions or picking up bread and milk.
Last week we launched our new ‘Be Winter Well’ campaign to help you stay well over the colder months. Please take time to visit the website www.BeWinterWell.co.uk and familiarise yourself with the wide variety of health services which are here to help you this winter. You can also find a handy list of common illness medicines and first aid items which are useful to have at home so you can self-care and save you a trip to the shop if you’re feeling unwell.
It may be a while off just yet but I’d also like to encourage anyone who takes regular medication to mark a reminder in your calendars to order your repeat prescriptions in plenty of time ahead of the long Christmas Bank Holiday (Friday 25 to Monday 28 December). There is no need to order more than what you need, however ordering your prescriptions in a timely manner will reduce the amount of last minute medication requests that come through and ensure there is enough for everyone.
I wish you all a well winter and would like to thank everyone who is following the coronavirus guidance and helping protect our community from the spread of the virus.