Christmas message from Richard Lochhead, Moray MSP
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This Christmas is like no other, coming near the end of a year like no other.
Our country has faced the toughest of challenges as the global pandemic has impacted on our health, economy and everyday life.
My thoughts are with everyone directly affected by Covid and whose physical or mental
health or livelihoods has suffered. Young and old have been particularly affected.
My thoughts are especially with everyone who has lost a loved one or experienced illness.
Yet, the worst of times brought out the best in us.
People have been there for one another. Thousands have stepped forward to volunteer to
help fellow citizens in their hour of need. Community groups have rolled up their sleeves
and got to work.
I’ll never forget the stories of youngsters donating pocket money or fruits of their fundraising to Moray Food Plus and other local causes. Or the volunteers gathering in community halls to organise deliveries of supplies to homes often supported by local businesses.
And we owe a debt to the thousands of front line workers in the NHS, social care and Moray Council, and emergency services for protecting us, caring for us and being there.
Our posties, refuse collectors, shop workers and pharmacies have also got us through this.
Everyone working in education deserve recognition for organising quick turnarounds in teaching and learning to support our young people.
There is now light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines are rolled out across Moray.
My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has played their part in 2020 and those who’ll still be working through the festive period to look after us.
Christmas is a time to reflect and be thankful.
We can look back on a difficult year that’s felt dark at times but has also features many shining lights and for that we should be grateful.
As we look to the future with renewed hope, I wish all my constituents a peaceful and happy Christmas.