It’s hard to round up everything I’ve been working on lately, and all the things I’m looking forward to, without mentioning the C word. And, for once, it’s not Christmas. Coronavirus has touched many of us and I know we’re all united in praying for speedy recoveries for those who are ill. And also, recognising the hard work of our NHS and key workers through our splendid clapping, which I look forward to every Thursday evening.

It’s a cliché but I really do believe this pandemic has brought out the best in people, and we should be thankful for that. At the start of the pandemic I was carrying on with business as usual – while following stringent government advice – believing it was important to get the message across to the general public, not all of whom are fortunate enough to have access to the internet and social media. I was even considering elbow bumping, anything to ‘keep calm and carry on’ as they say.

But as the situation has escalated, I, like the rest of the country, have been staying at home and only leaving my house to complete essential tasks, like grocery shopping. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have stayed at home as much as possible, and our wonderful key workers, without whom the country wouldn’t have been able to continue running.

I send my sincerest condolences to anyone affected by the coronavirus tragedy, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful NHS as without doubt our magnificent doctors and nurses have risked their own lives to save the lives of our loved ones on the frontline.

To our NHS and all our key workers, thank you.