Comhairle leader Roddie Mackay has today (Thursday 23 April) provided this week’s Coronavirus update, with thanks to all island residents.
He said: “I want to thank you - the residents of the Western Isles - for your continued support and resolve in tackling this pandemic.
“At times like this we really appreciate what we have and where we live and the Western Isles are, of course, blessed with beautiful scenery, fantastic walks, world-class heritage sites, beaches and, most importantly, great communities.
“We can explore the wonderful parts of our islands later. Now is the time to support each other, support those who are less fortunate and support those who need help.
“If you know someone who needs help, please inform our customer services team in the usual manner on 01851 600 501. Do not assume someone else may be doing it, please support your community and especially those in need.
“To date we have had over 180 requests for help and an incredible 250 volunteers. Should you wish to volunteer, please contact 01851 822899 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) as we continue to collect details of individuals and community groups throughout the Western Isles looking to provide volunteering support during COVID-19. This enables the Comhairle to match volunteers against the needs of individuals and families in our communities.
“My thanks to everyone who have left notes to say thank you to our waste and recycling crews. I am also very aware that they appreciate the support.
“Many individuals out there are doing sterling work, whether they be a critical worker or key worker, volunteer, kind neighbour or simply a good friend to talk to.
“Please keep going everyone. It is good to see the way we are all tackling this together. I do hope that each day you find time to reflect and appreciate how everyone is pulling together. Acts of kindness are all around us which is extremely humbling.
“Please support each other where you can, stay in touch with family and friends and look out for one another. Remember: stay positive, stay at home and stay safe. Thank you.”