Impact of pandemic 'will haunt me forever', says Eastwood MP
Reflections have been made on a ‘haunting’ and ‘heartbreaking’ 12 months in office for Eastwood’s MP as he looks towards healing the community after the pandemic.
After Lee Anderson was elected in December 2019, he soon had no choice but to work from home and interact with residents remotely.
He said: “The correspondence we had during this time will haunt me forever.
“People were terrified of this virus and worried for their future. I think the measures the Government took to protect jobs and incomes was crucial.
“So many people have told me they couldn’t have survived without this support.”
Lee Anderson remembered how the second wave and various tier restrictions all took their toll on the community.
He said: “Mental health issues have rocketed. I was told about one nine-year-old boy telling his mum he didn’t see any reason to live anymore. It’s heartbreaking. I am pleased our schools are back open.”
The MP thanked the hard work of NHS and mourned the many lives taken by the virus.
He added: “I have lost several people I know to Covid. Things won’t get back to normal for them ever again and our area won’t be the same.
“The NHS has excelled itself. I thank our heroes for all that they did and continue to do.”
Looking towards the future, the MP wants to remind residents not to suffer in silence as they recover from the damage caused by Covid-19.
He said: “The past year has been unprecedented for all of us and no-one will ever forget this. We will all need each other to recover from this period. Please don’t sit in silence – if I can help please email [email protected] We will get there together.”