Prince William praises Britain’s Covid heroes as he warns of difficult times ahead

Prince William praises Britain’s Covid heroes as he warns of difficult times ahead

 

The Duke of Cambridge warned of difficult times ahead but praised Britain’s coronavirus heroes tonight in a speech to food charity workers in Manchester.

William, accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, went to FareShare, a national charity feeding almost 1 million people per week across the UK and up to 60,000 in Greater Manchester, to thank staff and volunteers for helping the most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 80 volunteers send out surplus food donated by supermarkets and their suppliers and distribute it to 230 charities and foodbanks across the city, which is in Tier 3, facing the strictest Covid-19 restrictions.

In a speech inside a warehouse named after the mother of England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who works closely with FareShare, William said: “I know you’ve had a particularly hard time over recent months, as has the whole of the North of England. I’m really glad we’ve been able to come and talk to some of you in person about how you’ve all been doing.

“Catherine and I felt that it was extremely important to visit just some of the heroes that have emerged this year to thank you for all that you have done. Whether that’s transport workers, paramedics, school teachers or indeed staff and volunteers like those of you online across the FareShare network or here in Manchester tonight.”

He told them: “You are the people that have not only kept our country going but have also helped warm all our hearts by showing us the very best of human nature.”

He described the work of Fareshare , which helps charities turn surplus food that would otherwise go to waste into two million meals per week, as “truly remarkable”.

One in five people, including 200,000 children and young people, were living in poverty in Greater Manchester before the pandemic and the charity warned that figure has risen during the crisis.

William said: “Sadly, given the economic challenges ahead, the generosity of your donors is going to be called on even more over the difficult months ahead. But it is inspiring to know that you have risen to the challenge once this year already.

“And in bleak times, and particularly on this very cold December evening, you give us hope about what we can be achieved if we all work together.”

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