Lord-Lieutenant brings a virtual message of Hope to the people of Bedfordshire this Christmas

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HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis has not let the coronavirus pandemic stand in the way of her Christmas message of support to bring the county’s communities together.

Due to the covid restrictions, the Lord-Lieutenant has been unable to make her usual visits to organisations, businesses, educational establishments and individuals in person to support and encourage their efforts.

This has been particularly difficult when, now more than ever, so many voluntary organisations and businesses have felt the impact of the virus and required additional support.

The theme of the seasonal message, which is “We Stand Together as One”, pays tribute to those who have made sacrifices during Covid19 and gives thanks to the people of Bedfordshire for loving their neighbours as themselves.

The message includes an address from the Bishop of Bedford, a message from the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police and interviews with volunteers who have given many hours of their time freely to serve their communities.

The Christmas Message will be available to view on YouTube from 21 December 2020 and the link will be posted on social media and placed on the Lord-Lieutenant’s website.

Speaking about the Christmas Message, the Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis said: “I feel privileged to be part of a county that demonstrates such care for each other.

“This year I have been inspired by the way ordinary people in Bedfordshire have done extraordinary things to help those in need of a helping hand.

“No matter what our backgrounds or faith traditions we have demonstrated that we stand together as one when the going gets tough.

“I hope you will enjoy the Christmas Message and I wish you many blessings during this festive season. Please keep safe and celebrate wisely.”

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