Fit­ting recog­ni­tion for our vol­un­teers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

AS HER Majesty said in last year’s Christ­mas broad­cast, when life seems hard, the coura­geous do not lie down and ac­cept de­feat; in­stead they are all the more de­ter­mined to strug­gle for a bet­ter fu­ture. And over the past dif­fi­cult year this has once again proved es­pe­cially true of the peo­ple of Kent. The global eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion has af­fected every­one but our front­line county has weath­ered many a storm in the past and at times of cri­sis the strength of our com­mu­ni­ties has al­ways pulled us through. That is why dur­ing the past year the Lieu­tenancy has con­cen­trated on commending and cel­e­brat­ing those who work so hard for their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Kent’s great army of vol­un­teers add so much value to our lives. They are the back­bone of our com­mu­ni­ties and I en­cour­age oth­ers to step for­ward and play their part by serv­ing with one or more of the county’s great net­work of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions. Such self­less ser­vice can be most ful­fill­ing – and en­joy­able. Through­out the year we have con­tin­ued to call for the peo­ple of Kent to demon­strate greater sup­port for our Armed Forces and their fam­i­lies, and the re­sponse has been mag­nif­i­cent. Over the fes­tive sea­son ser­vice­men and women from Kent will still be serv­ing on de­mand­ing op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan, and else­where. Our pray­ers are with them – and es­pe­cially with their fam­i­lies left be­hind in our care. Our thoughts, too, are with the emer­gency ser­vices, those car­ing for oth­ers, and those who are ill or alone. My wife Anne and I wish all read­ers a peace­ful and suc­cess­ful New Year.

A sea­sonal mes­sage to all read­ers from Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent, Al­lan Wil­lett CMG, The Queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the county

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