Joint message from Chief Executive Becky Shaw and Director of Public Health Alison Challenger on global efforts to combat Covid-19

Becky Shaw, Chief Executive and Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health.

Release date: 7 May 2021

In light of the ongoing situation in India, West Sussex County Council Chief Executive Becky Shaw and Director of Public Health Alison Challenger would like to issue the following statement of support:

“We’ve all heard the heart-breaking stories of how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting communities across India. It is truly upsetting to see just how devastating this virus can be and our hearts go out to everyone affected both in India and here in the UK.

“As is the case across the UK, communities in West Sussex have strong ties to India. We know how difficult it will be for anyone who is watching what is happening and who desperately wants to help the ongoing appeals and relief efforts.

“India is not the only country that has been hit hard by Covid-19, and the scenes we are witnessing are a stark reminder that, just as the pandemic is global, so too are our efforts to combat it.

“In West Sussex, that means we must continue to do what we can locally by taking the vaccine, getting tested, sticking to the rules on hands, face, space and fresh air, while remembering that no-one is safe until we are all safe.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences and sympathy to everyone who is affected by what is happening in India.

“The pandemic has impacted all our lives; if you or someone you know is struggling with health and wellbeing as a result, please do access the help available, and encourage others to do likewise.”

Supporting global aid efforts

The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together leading UK aid charities to raise funds in times of crisis. Its Coronavirus Appeal has been extended to include India.

Find out more, including details of how to donate.

Wellbeing support during the pandemic

Staying safe and healthy during Covid-19

West Sussex Wellbeing

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