Published Friday, 14th May 2021
Councillor Ruth Dombey's column for Sutton Scene, Friday 14 May 2021.
What an amazing experience last week to meet (virtually) with some of the staff and volunteers who had worked so hard at the Nonsuch Mansion vaccination centre. It was a real pleasure to thank them personally for their remarkable efforts and celebrate their achievements during the last four months.
In our borough nearly 100,000 people have been vaccinated successfully and tens of thousands of them received their jab at Nonsuch Mansion. NHS doctors, nurses and admin staff worked tirelessly to make this possible. But they all tell me it wouldn't have been possible without the help of Volunteer Centre Sutton and the many volunteers who came to help.
Undeterred by the rain, the cold and the snow, two hundred volunteers greeted everyone with a cheery smile, an arm to lean on and practical information. They spent over 10,000 hours at the site to help ensure that some of our oldest residents were protected against this deadly virus. So many people have told me how important it was to be reassured and helped by such wonderful volunteers.
It was such an honour to meet some of them last week and say thank you. They all said it had been an amazing experience and many of them want to carry on volunteering in our borough and support the many opportunities offered by Volunteer Centre Sutton.
The centre at Nonsuch Mansion has now been closed, but vaccinations will continue to be delivered from the new community centre set up in the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, in Sutton High Street, and from local GP surgeries and pharmacies. Let’s keep working towards ensuring everyone can have their vaccine!
Councillor Ruth Dombey