Duchess of Cornwall hails public-spirited NHS coronavirus volunteers as ‘the backbone of our country’ – The Sun

THE Duchess of Cornwall has hailed public-spirited helpers as “the backbone of our country”.

Camilla, 72, spoke of the role of NHS Volunteer Responders at the start of Volunteers Week.

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So far, they have performed 250,000 tasks including chats with those self-isolating.

She said: “The first week of June is traditionally Volunteers’ Week, when we celebrate our unsung heroes.

“This year in particular, we owe a great debt of thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, who have stepped forward in astonishing numbers, pulling together to support those affected by COVID-19.

“As the very proud President of the Royal Voluntary Service, I should like to say that you truly are the backbone of our country.

“To each and every volunteer – thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Royals have also joined their ranks for “check in and chat” calls.

Doris Winfield, 85 of Rickmansworth, who had a call from Camilla, said: “It was wonderful. It really cheered me up.”

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