Her Majesty The Queen has marked the end of Volunteers Week with a message of best wishes and thanks. Volunteers Week began on Monday 1st June and ends on Sunday 7th June and The Queen’s message was released across The Royal Family’s Social Media accounts.
The message from The Queen begins, “As Volunteers Week draws to a close, it is inspiring to reflect on the many thousands of people, who through their acts of generosity and kindness, have achieved so much for the greater good.”
Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the contributions that millions of people across the UK make through volunteering. The Coronavirus pandemic has seen many thousands more come forward to volunteer at a time of national crisis with 750,000 signing up to become NHS Volunteer Responders.
The Queen’s message continues, “I have been following with interest how men and women from around the world, including my own family, have been helping and recognising the vital role of the volunteer.”
Though the Coronavirus pandemic has forced usual events surrounding UK Volunteers Week to be cancelled, there are other, more virtual, events that have been organised. The volunteer community has been encouraged to share the Volunteers Week 2020 official film, narrated by Clare Balding, which celebrates the contribution of volunteers before, during and after the pandemic. Social Media has also played a big part of Volunteers Week 2020 with many encouraged to share the fact that volunteers are #NeverMoreNeeded.
Her Majesty ended her special message by saying, “I send my best wishes to all those who give themselves so freely and selflessly in the service of others.”
The Duke of Cambridge recently revealed that he has been a secret text message counsellor throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. This news came shortly before The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new picture of their family playing their part in the volunteering effort.