Fitting recognition for our volunteers
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