As further national restrictions have now come into force across England, I have been holding onto a well-known verse in the bible, where Jesus tells his followers to “love your neighbour as you love yourself.” (Mark 12:31)
Lockdown is difficult. It stops us from doing many things that are important to us personally and professionally. It is easy to feel frustrated, disheartened and even angry. Yet we are not returning to where we were in March. We have learnt many things as a country, as a charity, and about ourselves in recent months, so we are much better placed than we were earlier in the year to keep going and deal with this situation. As schools and many other key services remain open we too are committed to maintaining the services we have built back up since April.
I have seen that work personally. Over the last three weeks, I have visited a number of Spurgeons projects and spoken to a number of central office teams. All of them have adapted and changed the way they work, and even what they do as a result of Coronavirus and lockdown. Their work is a testimony to how we seek to “love our neighbour.”
To all Spurgeons colleagues I say thank you and God bless you and your ongoing work.
-Ross Hendry, Chief Executive – Spurgeons Children’s Charity.
P.S. Forgive the self-indulgent selfies I have taken on my visits. Everyone was appropriately sticking to safety guidance.