Everywhere you turn in North Yorkshire there are countless examples of people pulling together to help each other and those in need.
It is a place that in normal times throws its doors open wide to visitors and it is a place at all times where people look out for each other and readily help their neighbour.
No more so than in 2020 - a year like no other. The unprecedented challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen people of all kinds come together to help those isolated by the outbreak – shopping for food and delivering it, collecting medicines, dropping off treats, picking up the phone to the lonely.
That’s why North Yorkshire County Council wants to say an overwhelming thank you to every key part of our county and the communities within this Yorkshire Day.
From the 1,500 community volunteers who put themselves forward to deliver vital medication and food to those who needed it in lockdown, to the care home staff and social workers adapting to a new way of working to keep the county running, the show of teamwork and solidarity deserves a round of applause.
It’s impossible not to find examples of success even during a global pandemic in every corner of North Yorkshire.
Teachers across the county working tirelessly to accommodate vulnerable children or the kids of key workers throughout lockdown and beyond, providing guidance to parents on how to home-school and reassurance when schools reopened that they were as safe as they possibly could be.
Parents cultivating the passions of their children during lockdown, providing a different kind of successful creative learning at home – from five-year-old Dylan Simpson raising a starling, to Henry Sangster making a video to help his fellow classmates stay safe from the virus.
Wonderful local businesses such as Major Tom’s Social in Harrogate, fuelling frontline care staff with free pizza.
Every neighbour, family member or friend who has knocked on the door of a loved one and offered help.
Every person who has helped with testing and track and trace.
Companies who made PPE and hand sanitiser, businesses that kept people fed.
Public transport drivers who got key workers to their place of work.
Every business who has re-opened to provide a safe community space for friends to reconnect and every friend who has bought a drink from them.
The highways staff who kept infrastructure running.
The partners across the county, from police staff to military personnel to NHS workers.
The music teachers who taught instruments over video call to students and gave a creative focus to their day.
And of course the North Yorkshire Youth Choir, whose track is featured on our Yorkshire Day Video, providing talented and uplifting performances even when they can’t stand and sing in the same room.
To everyone involved, North Yorkshire County Council says thank you – you truly are Team North Yorkshire and every part played goes towards the success of our county.
This spirit of teamwork and togetherness is what North Yorkshire is all about.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Carl Les, said: “Looking back at the last Yorkshire Day compared with now, who could have imagined the changes we’d see?
“But what we could have predicted is how wonderfully each and every person in North Yorkshire came together to support each other – from support on the ground, simply asking a friend if they are okay, right up to ensuring the safety of our vulnerable residents, children and key workers.
“Yes, we’ve been through unprecedented times with Covid-19 but through teamwork, North Yorkshire has tried to ensure no-one falls through the gap.
“For that, it’s a big thank you to each and every person, business and partner who has contributed. Thank you, Team North Yorkshire.”