The May Day Bank Holiday, which is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, was moved to Friday 8th May this year in order to form part of the 75th anniversary of VE Day commemorations. That event will however inevitably take place in a different atmosphere, for as we reflect on the horrors of war and how different the life would be had Hitler prevailed, the whole world is now untied against a different type of enemy, a pernicious virus which has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
In this strange spring, we all look forward to a time when we can once again mix freely, without the risk of infection and when life can regain some form of normality. In reality for this to happen we are reliant upon scientists finding a vaccine which will protect us against Covid-19. This will be at least many months away and until then the best we can hope for is a gradual relaxation of the lockdown rules when the number of newly recorded cases starts to fall, but even then, our freedom is likely to come with strict rules on social distancing.
In the meantime, there are those whose aim is to help others who are finding that it is even tougher to do so. One of these is Foodbank. In recent years a lifeline to so many, foodbanks, which are charities, are facing unprecedented demand during the current pandemic. At the same time the number of donations of food is down, possibly because we are visiting supermarkets less frequently. If you would like to help ensure that they can continue to help those in need you can make a donation at http://eastbournefoodbank.charitycheckout.co.uk/Donate#!/
Schools would normally have a short break in May but for most children it has been a long time since they were last at school. Whilst this can feel like an extended holiday, it is of course possible to study on-line, but only if you have access to IT equipment which enables this. There are many children who either do not have a PC at home or where the one that is there, is needed by their parents who are now working from home. I hope that the Children’s Services Department of the County Council will find a way to help them and avoid the creation of two-tier education for those in lockdown.
My best wishes - Stay safe.