Message from Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council

Here we are in Week 5 of lockdown and I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for doing your bit to help during the pandemic.

For some, that is as simple as staying at home. I know how hard this can be especially when the sun is out - but remember your actions are helping to save lives and reduce the spread of the virus.

I want to thank the majority of you using our parks properly for your daily exercise. Sadly a few people have been breaking the rules and causing trouble – with three of our officers working to keep people safe in our parks being assaulted. Our staff are doing a very difficult job in challenging times so please show your support.

Other residents have gone a whole extra mile. I am so proud to see our borough glow from the great community spirit that Harrow holds at its heart.

From delivering hundreds of food parcels to the vulnerable to organising pick-ups and drop-offs of essential foods and prescriptions for Harrow Carers, I am always humbled by the great team work going on out there. Official figures for food parcels delivered to Tuesday evening clocked up 1183 from our partners, 1513 from government and many others from countless Harrow volunteers, community groups and places of worship.

We are a wonderfully diverse community and have seen people from different faiths coming together and supporting our most vulnerable people and raising money. I would like to give a special mention to Stanmore Temple members, who raised £50,550 to purchase new life-saving equipment for Northwick Park Hospital.

I would like to wish our Muslim residents Ramadan Mubarak – I hope you are able to spend some time to celebrate with your friends and family, which may be very different to how you would usually celebrate.

Finally I would like to thank our key workers for the wonderful job they are doing during this pandemic. We have seen a wonderful show of support every Thursday evening across the borough during the clap for carers and I hope you will join me in a minute’s silence at 11am on Tuesday to honour those key workers who have lost their lives in this pandemic.

Please stay safe and continue to support one another.

Published: April 23rd 2020