Derek says a ‘Big Thank You’ to volunteers

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas said a ‘Big Thank You’ to over 150 volunteers last week in a bid to recognise the selfless work carried out by hundreds of volunteers.

Mr Thomas had invited volunteers from all organisations across his West Cornwall constituency to attend any of three events held at Helston, Penzance and St Ives.

“So many people carry out fantastic work for our communities in West Cornwall and much more could be done to thank people properly for their vital contribution,” said Mr Thomas.

“The very least I could do was to invite them along for a cuppa and a slice of cake and to find out if there is anything that I can do to make things easier for them.

“Volunteers really are the backbone of our community and it’s fantastic that in Cornwall well over 30 per cent of us are prepared to give up some of our spare time to help others.

“They are a forgotten army and I was very happy to put together these events to show some small appreciation of their commitment to their community.”

As he spoke to the volunteers, Mr Thomas also raised the issue of tackling loneliness and isolation.

“I have committed to doing what I can this year to ensuring that people in West Cornwall are not stuck at home without human contact for days on end and several of the organisations that came along make great efforts to help the lonely,” he added.

“I’m asking voluntary groups to join me in looking at how we can connect people with these excellent activities so that no-one is lost or forgotten.”