1. Queen praises 'wonderful' North East volunteers

    The Queen has personally thanked four volunteers from the North East for their efforts in helping others throughout the pandemic.

    In a video call with the Duchess of Cornwall and Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) chief executive, Catherine Johnstone, the Queen spoke with the volunteers from RVS and NHS Volunteer Responders who have helped vulnerable people in their communities.

    The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall with volunteers

    Sue Cadwallader has been helping with the Northumberland Good Neighbours Service and Tracy Clarke has been delivering books to people unable to visit Gateshead libraries.

    Simon Holmes, from Stockton-on-Tees, and Anderson Akponeware, from Middlesbrough, were also on the call. They are both giving their time as NHS volunteers making ‘Check in and Chat’ calls with people in need of conversation.

    The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall

    Praising their work, the Queen said: "I think it’s wonderful work. Thank you to everybody - and all the others too who have been volunteering. It has been a great help."

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    NHS volunteers will now be given the vaccine because they are considered frontline health workers.