The hundreds of social care staff who died during the coronavirus pandemic are to be remembered in a series of commemorations across the UK. 

And Derby is leading the way with a permanent memorial which is to be unveiled by the city’s Mayor, Councillor Robin Wood. 

 Councillor Wood will be joined in unveiling a bench at Markeaton Park’s Mundy Play Centre by Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, John Wilson, and Chief Executive of Disability Direct Amo Raju.  

 #SuperSocialCareStaff Day, which will be on Tuesday, March 15, will also be  marked by a service at Derby Cathedral, conducted by The Dean of Derby, Very Reverend Dr Peter Robinson. 

 That will include a reading by Hayley Brough, a senior care worker at The Enabled Centre which provides support services for disabled people in Derby. 

Hayley Brough

Hayley Brough

 Hayley said: ‘I have worked in the care sector for over 15 years now and I can’t remember a time when I have really been thanked for the job I am doing. 

“Care work is generally poorly paid, but most of us do it because we enjoy it, although the work can be very hard. 

 “It’s wonderful that we finally get some recognition for what we are doing and the bench at Mundy Play Centre is a lovely idea.’ 

  Amo Raju – ‘The pandemic was devastating to care staff and the sector has fought so hard to maintain services. 

 “I’m so pleased that this selfless dedication is being recognised across the country.  

 “I truly hope this becomes an annual day to mark the vital contribution made by such wonderful people day in day out!’