Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Mark Allison said:
“As we pause today to remember the impact of Covid-19 on so many families in the borough, I want to send a huge thank you to all Merton’s key workers, NHS colleagues, council staff and volunteers for everything you have done to help keep the borough safe and support those in need.
“Sadly, the impact of the virus has affected many families locally, and today we also pause to remember those who we have lost too soon due the pandemic. In Merton, families have mourned more than 450 deaths over the past 12 months. It’s a solemn reminder of the severity of the virus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, but one thing that never changes is the remarkable way the Merton community pull together when people are in need, as our Merton Together campaign has shown. From delivering food parcels to neighbours, to supporting older and vulnerable people, to donating to local charities, Merton residents have shown why this is such a great place to live.
“Communities, faith groups, neighbours and individuals have come forward to provide support in compassionate and meaningful ways which has allowed us to get food to vulnerable people who are isolating through our community hubs, provide welfare checks and raise vital funds.
“Finally, I also want to look ahead with hope and optimism for a safer future, we have already vaccinated over 56,000 people against COVID-19 in Merton, if you are eligible for the jab and haven’t yet had it please do book it now, it’s not too late to get the protection you and your loved ones need. Let’s keep Merton safe.”