We are living in unprecedented times and the reality is for the short-term this isn’t going to get any easier.
More so than ever before, it is so important that we, your trusted local newspaper and website, looks to champion those who are going the extra mile and shouting from the rooftops about those acts of kindness that put a smile on someone’s face.
There have been some remarkable scenes across the country from supermarket shelves stripped bare and closed signs decorating the doors of local independent businesses as they look to diversify to weather the storm.
Yet among the scenes of chaos and panic there have been some wonderful displays of kindness that have truly demonstrated the very best of the human spirit.
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers up and down the country are pulling together to make a difference to the communities they live in.
They are checking in on their elderly neighbours who face the very real prospect of spending months on end alone in their homes.
This army of unsung heroes is delivering food, walking dogs and dishing out their phone numbers to make sure that their neighbours, friends and colleagues know there is someone there.
And we will be recognising this national effort through our #actsofkindness campaign but we need you to tell us what is happening where you live.
The National Health Service is constantly under pressure, underfunded and under scrutiny – but this treasured institution has become a lifeline to the nation.
Our team of reporters up and down the country will be sharing the stories of those medics who are our country’s first line of defence serving the exceptional NHS.
We will be speaking to the doctors, nurses, paramedics and GPs who are supporting the health of the nation.
And we’ll also be looking at those working behind the scenes - from cleaners, porters, administration staff and community health teams - who make sure that our hospitals continue to operate during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, local businesses and traders are already starting to feel the impact of a decline in trade and they are at the heart of the very fabric of the communities we serve.
We will be looking at how businesses are diversifying to stay open and championing them through this challenging period.
We’re going to launch a co-ordinated drive to support local businesses through innovative measures to ensure that they can bounce back.
Our reporting team will also shine a spotlight on what you are doing to give your communities hope - we want to know about those who are making a real difference or quite simply putting a smile on someone’s face.
By focusing the news agenda on the very best of humanity and championing that Blitz spirit we are renowned for during a time of crisis it is our pledge as a trusted source of local news to continue supporting our readers and communities through the darkness to give hope and drown out the negativity.
We’re all in this together.
How to keep in touch
Websites: The latest breaking news is front and centre on our homepages as we bring you all the important information you need to help keep you and your families safe and healthy.
Buy our newspapers: Our role in providing vital and trusted news and information will continue, putting peopletogether and publicising services and good deeds. We still need people to buy their local newspaper and support us.
Social media: Our team of reporters will also be using all of our social media channels to keep you informed and they will also be a place to pull the community together.
Contact us: Above all we need you to keep in contact with us to tell us about what is happening in the communities you live and how we can keep you connected.