LEADER, April 17 2020

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Bringing out the best in people

As vile as coronavirus is, and as hard as it is living in lockdown, this pandemic has brought out the very best in people.

There are always exceptions, but generally the people of Campbeltown and the smaller village communities of Kintyre have really come together – figuratively! – to support each other.

We will never grow tired of hearing and reporting on the countless volunteers, many of them offering their services for the first time, who are allowing charities such as Shopper-Aide and Kintyre Food Bank to do what they do best – work which may very well be keeping people alive at the moment.

There are also many people who do not get recognition, but who are playing a role every bit as important; the people who collect shopping and prescriptions for their elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives, allowing them to remain safely at home where they should be.

This not only demonstrates their own selflessness but it takes pressure off organisations such as Shopper-Aide, allowing its volunteers to attend to those who need help the most.

You are all inspirational.