BARROW’S council leader has spoken of her pride in the community of Barrow after a team of volunteers helped set up one of the county’s five recovery centres in just two hours. Councillor Ann Thomson’s words come on the day Barrow Town Hall’s iconic clock will turn blue in tribute to NHS staff and carers working under difficult circumstances during the covid-19 outbreak. She also urged people across the borough to take part in the second #clapforcarers which is set to go ahead nationwide at 8pm tonight.
Cllr Thomson said: “Knowing our own staff and contractors had stepped forward to help at Furness Academy without a second thought filled me with pride. “This is Barrow through and through - people helping each other even in the most difficult times. “We hope this recovery centre won’t be needed at all, but my thanks go to everyone involved for making sure it’s there and ready just in case.” A total of five recovery centres have now been set up in Cumbria. These are located in Kendal, Whitehaven, Carlisle and Penrith, as well as in Barrow. They will be used to provide additional bed capacity so hospital patients on the road to recovery can continue to receive care before they are discharged home. The second #clapforcarers will see people all across the nation clap from their front doors, windows and gardens at 8pm. While last week’s inaugural event celebrated the efforts of NHS staff and carers, the applause will this week be extended to all key workers playing their part in the nation’s fight against coronavirus, including all members of the emergency services, delivery and haulage drivers, supermarket staff and refuse collection teams. At the same time, the iconic clock on Barrow’s historic Town Hall will be lit up in NHS blue. Cllr Thomson added: “We need everyone to continue to do all they can during this national crisis. “For the majority of us, simply staying at home and observing social distancing rules will ensure we save lives. “However, there are many people who are out there working incredibly hard to keep essential services running. “There was huge support across during the first #clapforcarers last week and I would urge everyone to take part again at 8pm tonight. “This is a simple but powerful message from our town to key workers across the nation. “We stand with you all.”