How Leeds is harnessing 'Blitz spirit' to overcome coronavirus - the YEP says

In a world where statistics dominate the headlines, it is easy to forget to take that step back and pause.

Saturday, 2nd May 2020, 6:00 am
Youngsters Connor and Riley Piggott play by the wall which residents have decorated with chalk during the lockdown by their homes on the Elmetes estate in Roundhay.

Day in day out, through various press briefings we hear of the number of those impacted by the human tragedy of coronavirus.

Today the Yorkshire Evening Post is pressing the pause button and reflecting on those volunteers who make Leeds such a special city.

More than 8,000 people signed up to support the community care voluntary programme to support the vulnerable.

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And experts say the pandemic could be a “game changer” in the voluntary sector after so many people stepped forward to help others in a matter of weeks.

Positive actions are commonplace in times of crisis. And through this there has been a sense of togetherness created across Leeds – something which experts say hasn’t been seen since the Second World War.

And next week, as we look to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of that conflict, we harness that Blitz spirit for the weeks still to come.

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