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Knutsford Hosts mark ‘virtual’ birthday

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Knutsford Hosts, the town’s Queen’s Award-winning community volunteering group, was launched six years ago this month.

Volunteers at the organisation are hoping that the whole town will share its ‘virtual’ birthday by celebrating all of the town’s volunteers.

“This will be a muted but rather poignant occasion for us,” explained Knutsford Hosts chair, Sarah Flannery.

“In previous years we’ve either held our own party or done something such as having a stall at the Makers’ Market so that we could share a slice of birthday cake with the town.

“But the coronavirus lockdown changed our plans overnight.”

She added: “We exist to be the support system for Knutsford’s events, activities and organisations but instead the wonderful hosts are now doing the most important work ever, by supporting We Are Knutsford, becoming NHS volunteers, helping RVS Good Neighbours and many other activities.

“This is all the more remarkable when I know that some of the Hosts themselves have either contracted the virus or are self-isolating for one reason or another, but still find the time to use social media to reduce isolation or show individual acts of kindness such as looking out for a vulnerable neighbour or friend.

“The entire town is puling together to keep up the sense of community that’s so vital for wellbeing. 

“So on our sixth birthday, it feels right to celebrate not only the wonderful Hosts but also to raise a massive cheer for everyone who is doing their bit.”

Sarah concluded: “I hope that Knutsford will join us on Twitter this week to say Happy 6th birthday to the Hosts and to all of Knutsford’s wonderful volunteers!”

 

 

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