Remember if we had locked down in February, if we had not had a corrupt government giving mates contracts and paying them our money to steal from us, if we had a prime minister and opposition with a backbone, if we had mandatory masks in February, closed schools, airports, ferries, stopped unnecessary travel even if it was to drive across the UK to test our eyes, if we had a primate minister who did not hide, a government that told the truth, that followed medical guidence, that put human life before their bank accounts and status amongst their friends, Royals that had the guts to shout ‘no’ rather than saying they want to be reincarnated as a killer virus, if we had a nation of people with common sense, prepared to social distance, wear masks rather than stand clapping the nurses, doctors, paramedics, keyworkers as those very live savers died on their feet, if we had a media that itself did not publish fake news and propaganda, if we had a government that had not run down all the health and social care services in the name of Austerity whilst paying for missiles we can never use, if we had focused upon our real enemies instead of a few refugees and migrants, not hating folk because of their gender, sexuality, race, culture, ability, if we had prioritised our families and not our possessions, then maybe, just maybe so many families would not be feeling the pain of loss, the fear of loss, the anxiety of even opening their doors. If we did not live in a country that treats its sick, elderly, disabled and vulnerable as scum, a drain, expendable maybe we would have seen the warning signs and acted upon them.
Yes hind sight is always ‘2020’ , (ironic hey) but looking back it’s easy to be made to believe the mistakes were accidental, not the fault of those in charge, unavoidable.
Just to be clear, the Conservative Government, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the press, and the businessmen asset stripping the UK made no ‘accidental mistakes’. Their behaviour was and is deliberate. They are culpable. They should be accountable, but unless we hold them to account now they will kill many many more.
Daily we are hearing of friends neighbours and their families suffering or sadly losing the battle of Covid19. My heart goes out to those who are ill, dying or have died.
I know too well the pain of the families and loved ones who have died due to it, the worry and helplessness of the relatives of those who are suffering. I also know the fear of being a parent whose kids both tested positive and a son of parents who will be extremely vulnerable to the symptoms of this foul virus.
This morning I cried at seeing one of my friends on Facebook losing his wife yesterday to it.
I am heartened by so many humans who are doing all they can to protect and safeguard others, whether they are paramedics, nurses, doctors, porters, shop workers, caterers, those involved in keeping the infrastructure that protects us all, bus drivers, home carers, support workers, social workers, residential staff, teachers and school staff, taxi drivers, delivery drivers, and the amazing volunteers providing and delivering food, medicines and in the case of Volunteer Riders UK, the sewers manufacturers and others completely free PPE to all in need.
If you deny Covid19 exists, if you think its all a ploy then you need to open your eyes. If you try to discredit those who are putting their lives on the line, or belittle those lost to life then you really best keep away from me.
Covid19 is real, it is deadly, it is killing folk. Its that simple. If you put others at risk due to selfish behaviour then you may not call me friend.
Be sensible, be safe, protect yourselves and others. Do not take unnecessary risks, and please stay well.
VOLUNTEER RIDERS UK, protecting people, communities, families and you from Covid-19.
I set Volunteer Riders UK up in March 2020. It was an idea I had to distribute completely free PPE across the UK using motorcycles.
I began the project as a memorial to my brother Rob ‘Jonesy’ Jones who died in December 2019, due to a long and undiagnosed nor treated illness aged 35, I wanted to ensure as many families as possible never have to unnecessarily experience the very real and agonising pain of losing someone they love. .
Since then we have as bikers took PPE from Devon to Scotland, from Gt Yarmouth to Wales.
We have provided transport for manufacturers and sewing groups all over, even utilising a plane to deliver to an African country. Every piece we carry is completely free to the end user. We do no fundraising nor do we have sponsorship, we are running completely on the good will, time, transport and fuel of our riders, coordinators and drivers. The people making the PPE do so again free of charge to the end users, though they may get funding from other sources.
We are a completely cashless group.
We have been responsible for transporting most of the PPE from amazing groups such as NHS Heroes, For the love of scrubs (FTLOS) and locally to me Sheilagh’s Sewing Circle in Dronfield.
We work with manufacturers, sewers and have our riders all over mainland UK and occasionally have liaised with groups in Ireland.
The group has currently around 3,800 members, is non-political in any way, and is a credit to every member who by being a part of it has made this immense project so successful.
We believe currently we have delivered massively in excess of 6,000,000 pieces of free PPE from masks to complete scrub sets.
We have not as yet even begun to calculate the miles ridden.
We provide to front line professionals both in and out of the NHS, hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, schools, colleges, ambulance teams, community midwives, Covid recovery wards, Gt Ormand Street, along with giving them to vulnerable children, families and individuals.
Throughout the period we have been running it has been a huge learning curve and has displayed the best humanity has to offer.
So remember when you see that biker whether bearded, dripping in leather, covered in patches (like me) or wearing hi-viz like so many others, remember not only are they fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents or friends, but also likely are putting their all into keeping our families, friends, communities and country safe.
So when you want to clap a true hero just remember that hero may be closer than you think.
I am proud of each one of those trying to keep us all safe and call every member of VRUK brother, sister and forever my friends.
Jonesy VRUK founder.