Today is a day to celebrate those who are working through these challenging times to ensure that we continue to deliver excellent care. Our fantastic staff at The Disabilities Trust have been working with the people we care for to adapt their activities at services in the light of the need to stay at home. The work to keep people happy and positive was very much in evidence at Victoria House, in Hull. Residents have been working with staff on a powerful message to their loved ones called #frommywindowtoyours. They want their families to know that they are being well looked after and are encouraging them, as well as their friends and the wider community to ‘stay strong’ during these difficult days. A rainbow banner, illustrating how much residents at Victoria House care about the community they live in, and their message to ‘stay safe, stay strong’ is proudly displayed on their balcony facing the Humber as people walk past.

Illustrating how much everyone is pulling together, Heidi, from Victoria House says, “I am happy, and the staff make me happy. They are doing a good job and they are all nice. Its relaxing here.”

Tonight we will be asking everyone to join in the ‘Clap for Carers’ event, where everyone is being asked to give a round of applause to those in the NHS, or delivering expert care as we do at the Trust. We are urging everyone to stand in solidarity and join in with this. The event is being organised nationally and the campaign is asking all Britons to fill their doorways, gardens or balconies at 8pm tonight to put their hands together. With every clap we will be supporting the amazing staff working tirelessly to combat coronavirus. Please do join in, and don’t forget to tag us on social media. We would love to see this in action.