On Tuesday, Matt Hancock announced that the UK Government was asking for 250,000 volunteers to help with the demand on the NHS.
It has now been revealed, as of last night, that 600,000 people have signed up to give a helping hand to the national health service.
The volunteers will be signed onto an app, ‘Good Samaritan App’, and can tick themselves as on and off duty.
The app will assign individuals to different duties, such as transport or distributing food to the vulnerable.
In Salford, a number of people have pledged to help their community.
Stephen Seddon, 43, of Swinton, explained there was a numerous amount of reasons as to why he wants to help out, “it’s the right thing to do, I’m helping out in any way possible, and it’s my foot in the door as a porter!”
This isn’t the first thing Salford has done during the covid-19 pandemic.
The Spirit of Salford Network now has more than 3 and a half thousand members, where efforts to ensure help for the more vulnerable members of the community are being coordinated.
There is also the Salford Covid-19 MAC (Mutual Aid Coalition), another group dedicated to making sure everyone is looked after and resources get to where they need to be.
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