Local Lib Dem wins national award for helping people amidst coronavirus crisis

Local Lib Dem wins national award for helping people amidst coronavirus crisis

The Liberal Democrats have announced that local campaigner Liz Barrett has been added to the Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame for her work to help the most vulnerable and carers in Perth during the coronavirus crisis.

The Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame initiative was launched by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and Chair of the Liberal Democrat Coronavirus Community Taskforce.

Across the UK, Liz has been recognised as the most inspiring Urban Activist.

Since lockdown began, Liz has been volunteering 3 times a week at Perth Foodbank, topping up foodboxes, phoning scores of local residents and supporting them with shopping and IT. Liz worked with local nurses to develop the button band to improve fit and comfort of PPE face masks with elastic. She then organised donations of buttons and fabric, managed a team of over 30 volunteers to produce over 1400 button bands, and distributed them to NHS staff and care workers across Perth, Kinross and Tayside.

Liz has also put her skills into action making over 50 facemasks and sewing scrubs bags as well as knitting blankets and clothes for premature babies.

Liz Barrett said “I am thrilled to have been chosen as a winner, but I really feel so lucky to be able to help in these difficult times. I want to thank everyone who has stayed at home when asked, and everyone else who has done their bit; they are all far more deserving than me!”

“It has been wonderful to be a part of a truly national show of civic engagement and social support. Perth is a fantastic community and I am so proud to have worked with the Liberal Democrats to help out.”

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie congratulated Liz Barrett on her induction to the Hall of Fame. He said “Liz cares, and she works incredibly hard for her community because she cares. I am proud of what she does and how generous she is with her time. Liz is one of the best, but she represents a raft of community champions in the Liberal Democrats. This award is very well deserved.”

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said “With national leadership seeming so thin, it is the community champions on the front lines who have truly made our country proud. I am therefore so pleased to be able to send my congratulations to Liz Barrett on this well-deserved recognition. As I have said before, I have been amazed by the energy, commitment and creativity shown by members of the Lib Dem community during the crisis.”

Chair of the Coronavirus Community Taskforce, Sir Stuart Etherington, said: "Community champions such as Liz should be immensely proud. Initiatives like these have been there for people during one of this country’s darkest moments and those who stepped-up when it mattered showed what community means. They have taken pressure off our excellent but hard-pressed statutory services and done their bit to slow the spread of coronavirus, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed and save thousands of lives.”

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