Mayor thanks NHS team at The Woodville

Mayor thanks NHS team at The Woodville

Mayor thanks NHS team at The Woodville

 Published: 23-Aug-2021

The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Lyn Milner, thanked the NHS staff and volunteers who have delivered more than 100,000 Covid-19 vaccinations at The Woodville in Gravesend on the theatre’s last day as a large vaccination centre.

Cllr Milner and Gravesham Borough Council’s Chief Executive Stuart Bobby visited the centre on Sunday 22 August as the last visitors received their vaccine doses.

Speaking before unveiling a plaque commemorating The Woodville’s role in the fight against Covid-19, the Mayor revealed she had been one of the many volunteers to have worked at the centre since it opened in January.

Cllr Milner said: “We were honoured to be asked by our friends at the NHS to host a large vaccination centre here at the civic heart of the Borough of Gravesham and had no hesitation in making The Woodville available for such a vital role in the fight against Covid-19.

“To have administered more than 100,000 vaccines here is an exceptional achievement.

“I was one of many volunteers to have worked here alongside the team from the NHS and have seen for myself the hope for a return to a more normal life the vaccine programme has given so many people.

“Some were moved to tears by the experience, others laughed along with the team here, and many took the opportunity to grab a photograph to mark an important moment in their lives. All were grateful to receive the vaccine.

“History will record that, in the most unusual and frightening of times, The Woodville became a beacon of hope and reassurance for thousands of people from Gravesham and beyond.

“On behalf of all those who received their vaccine here, and on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council, we would like to thank the NHS staff and all those volunteers who made that possible.”

Staff at The Woodville are now preparing to reopen the venue in its more usual role as a theatre and arts centre for the Borough.

Mandy Hare, Cultural Manager at Gravesham Borough Council, said: “While the theatre has been closed to shows and audiences, both it and our cultural activity have continued to be busy.

“Throughout the difficult first months of lockdown in 2020, the auditorium area was used as a base to compile emergency food parcels for those clinically extremely vulnerable residents of the Borough who were required to self-isolate but who had no support network to help them.

“Then, this year it has played its role in the roll-out of vaccinations.

“Whether online or in more recent months through outdoor events, we have at the same time managed to keep entertaining our loyal followers.

“The outdoor performances in particular have been really popular, and while we will continue with those we simply cannot wait to welcome audiences back to The Woodville again.”

For full details of what’s coming up, visit https://www.woodville.co.uk

 Last updated: 23-Aug-2021

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