The Lord Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux and I have recorded a video to thank the services and the people of Surrey for their support during this past year. As I say in the video, I have seen the best of the County, with the amazing work done by the emergency services, the NHS, and the thousands of volunteers during this period and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, newsreader and journalist who is best known for presenting the news with ITN came to Woking this week to help me with an awareness campaign.

Sir Trevor who for used to be a resident of Guildford for many years was visiting Woking to appear in an NHS video we have produced to encourage members of the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It has been suggested that some members of the BAME community in Surrey are reluctant to be vaccinated against the disease which has claimed so many lives in the County. Sir Trevor kindly stepped in to help us to try and reassure members of the community that the vaccine is safe and essential in the fight against Covid-19. It is hoped that this will save lives.

Whilst in town, I gave Sir Trevor - a former President of Surrey Cricket Club, a tour of Woking’s Bedser bridge, named after the late twins Sir Alec and Eric Bedser – cricket heroes from Horsell with whom he has a personal connection. We were joined by Ray Morgan OBE, Peter Bryant and Douglas Spinks from Woking Borough Council.

The Vaccine is the key to us all getting back to a normal life and finally being in control of this terrible disease which has disrupted human life worldwide for the past year and I urge all people of Surrey to be vaccinated when the NHS contact them.

Today I had the honour of visiting the hundred or so Woking Borough Council workers along with Volunteers and agency who are in the process of carrying out approximately 9,000 surge tests in Knaphill, St Johns and Goldsworth Park.

The two testing centres at The Vyne Community Centre and Dianthus Building in Goldsworth Park have delivered and collected over 7,000 tests since Monday with the help of data capturing controlled by WBC, Surrey Police and REACT (ex-military disaster management charity), a truly amazing result.

The feedback from volunteers has been extremely positive in the community where they have been welcomed and over 80% who were visited have had carried out the tests.

The operational and organisational side of the task has been first class and seeing it all first hand certainly gave me confidence that we are in the good hands of the wonderful staff and volunteers. On Behalf of Woking Borough and the people of Surrey I thank you so much for your support and hard work for which we are so grateful.

I had the pleasure of visiting both Hubs and was able to help distribute generous donations of fruit from Boz's Fruit and Veg and fantastic cakes baked by Adam’s Chef at Bacaro Café -both companies are based in Woking.

A huge thanks also goes out to 'Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum' (LRF), for their daily and evolving challenges during every hour of this latest development. We are proud of you all for what have done and continue to do.

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