West Suffolk bin crews have expressed their appreciation after receiving 200 Easter eggs as thanks for their frontline service during the coronavirus pandemic.
They are among a range of key workers who between them have shared 500 eggs donated through the NHS Supplychain in Bury St Edmunds.
The welcome gesture was arranged through a local woman, Tara Chandler, a registered childminder for other key workers.
Tara explained: “I know we are protecting the NHS by staying at home and all playing our part in protecting others, but it is the key workers who are allowing life to go on, and we wanted to recognise that. A friend of mine who works for the NHS Supplychain asked if I could help to distribute some extra Easter eggs that had been kindly donated by Wilkinson’s and I was all up for it.
“I got in touch with the West Suffolk Council and the local NHS doctors’ surgeries and pharmacies and the wider Bury St Edmunds community and delivered the eggs over three days, obviously observing the social distancing rules”
John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “I thank Tara and the NHS Supplychain for this delightful and caring gesture. It is this just this kind of thoughtfulness we rely on in these unprecedented times. Our staff are working tirelessly to get support to the vulnerable in our communities, to local businesses and to deliver essential services such as emptying bins and working in our streets and parks. I am proud that everyone is playing their part and I am humbled by the willingness of our residents and businesses to do theirs.”
As well as bin crews and street scene workers, Tara delivered eggs to the local sorting office, the ambulance and fire station, Oxlip House, Sebert Wood and Abbots Green schools who are still open for key workers children, the Moreton Hall post office, Mount Farm surgery and Pharmacy and the Howard Estate Pharmacy and two boxes of chocolate bunnies to the Hermes office.