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A Year of Covid-19

22 March 2021


On the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown ‘stay at home’ order, Sanctuary Supported Living’s Operations Director, Sara Keetley, reflects back on a year of Covid-19.

“In January and February 2020, the words ‘Covid-19’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘lockdown’ were barely mentioned, and it’s safe to say none of us could have expected what was to come just a few weeks later. 12 months ago, we were all asked to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Since then, our lives have changed in so many ways, but one thing has remained constant – the dedication, compassion and hard work of our frontline care and support teams.

I am so proud of everything that they have achieved, despite the extreme stress and the many difficulties they have faced. They have continued to provide high-quality care and support to vulnerable people across the country when they needed it most. I am also grateful to our residents for their patience and understanding as we all got to grips with the ever-changing restrictions and requirements, and for the kindness they have shown to our staff. And I am thankful for all the support and generosity shown to our staff and residents by our local communities – it really does make a massive difference, knowing that others are thinking of us.

Marie Curie UK has called for tomorrow to be a National Day of Reflection, so we will be marking a minute’s silence at midday, in memory of those who have passed away. Our thoughts will also be with those who continue to be affected by the virus, and with everyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. If you are not able to take part at midday, you could choose to light a candle or shine a light in the evening instead.

I am hopeful that, as well as a day of reflection, it can also be an opportunity to celebrate everything we have achieved during the past year, despite the challenges, and to look forward to a brighter future.”

Watch our video showing some of the highlights from Our Covid Year: the community support, the challenges of staying safe, and how we have managed – despite all the difficulties – to keep things fun.

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