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“I had originally signed up to be an NHS volunteer responder, but as there seemed to be so many already involved, there was more supply than demand in our area,” says Emma, a self-employed garden designer. 

“So when I saw [Bexhill and Battle MP] Huw Merriman’s tweet about the vaccination centre in Etchingham opening up, I jumped at the chance to get involved.” 

The 56-year-old has been a volunteer co-ordinator at the centre since it opened in January. 

“I count myself very fortunate in the current situation as I can carry on working and do not have to do home-schooling,” says Emma. “So I have been itching to do something useful since the scale of the whole thing [the pandemic] became apparent last year.” 

She says it is “fabulous to be involved in this incredibly successful vaccine rollout”, with every patient grateful to get out of the house and have their vaccination. 

“It feels a bit like I imagine the Olympics gamesmakers felt; we just don’t have the giant hands!” she jokes. 

“Seeing first-hand how fleet of foot the whole team needs to be as the situation changes on a daily basis, and how flexible and accommodating everyone is, I have been incredibly impressed by the whole undertaking,” Emma explains. 

“It has renewed my faith in what human endeavour can achieve. It is also great to be part of a team again, and we really are a great team!” 

Emma says she will consider continuing to volunteer after the programme has finished, as she “now realises how dependent the NHS is on volunteers”. 

“For the first time in a long time, I feel genuinely hopeful for times ahead; for the success of science, great endeavour - both at  local and national level - working together, and of great teamwork,” she says.