Pulling together in times of need

This week it was rammed home to me how important family is.

I’ve seen and been told about some inspirational examples of people pulling together in times of need and going well beyond the boundaries of simple assistance.

People go to extraordinary lengths to look after others, often at great cost to their own lives, comfort, bank balances and mental health.

Whether they do it from a place of altruism, duty, or empathy doesn’t really matter; the fact that people can put others’ needs before their own is something that restores my faith in humanity and gives me cause for hope in the face of catastrophic climate change and indifferent and ineffectual governments.

Every week we have stories in The Echo about people doing something for causes they believe in passionately, but this week I want to pay tribute to all the people who take the often traumatic and difficult path of looking after those who need it, in whatever form that takes – raising funds, providing shelter, offering comfort, doing tasks, or just being there.

It’s the people who show us the meaning of compassion, community and integrity who truly make our community and our society a better place to live.

Thank you.


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