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Love Southend Bringing Hope to Front Liners During COVID-19

Love Southend Bringing Hope to Front Liners During COVID-19

Emergency Services thanks for Helen Yousaf ‘Hope’ Art Pictures

We wanted you to be aware of and join in celebrating the responses we have received from some of the emergency service personnel to the ‘Hope’ art pictures by Helen Yousaf which Ruth Verrinder arranged to be sent on behalf of Love Southend. This is a great good news story for which we thank Jesus and the people he used to touch people’s hearts – Helen the artist and Ruth who sent the pictures with a personal letter having prayed over which pictures to send to whom. Enjoy!

During the pandemic and lockdown artist and song writer Helen Yousaf decided to produce some pictures to encourage the emergency services. Initially she made packs of cards and Love Southend sent 36 individual cards to different emergency service workers / groups.

Helen subsequently produced packs of her art in Hope Art packs, containing 50 different high quality A3 posters. Love Southend purchased an art pack for Southend Hospital. Helen then had a donation to fund 23 packs of art for emergency services and she felt that these should primarily go to encouraging the police as many packs had been sent to NHS workers. Southend were able to benefit from one of these donated art packs. The 50 pictures were divided up and sent with individual letters to Southend Police Station, Basildon Police Station and Essex Police HQ, with the posters that were more ‘medical orientated’ being sent to a GP surgery; pharmacy and the East of England Ambulance service.

These are some of the responses from the people on our front lines:

Helen Yousef Hope PacksSent: Wed, 6 May 2020 14:50 Subject:
Thank you Dear Ruth,

I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Love Southend for reaching out to our Southend hospital staff by the card you sent me followed by the art pack of Hope by Helen Yousaf. I feel blessed to have been that point of contact. I was privileged to see the impact on different people. Of course it was not easy to share the emotional response on Face book in order to maintain trust. Staff were blessed to know even their families were being Prayed for. The joy comes in the morning was one that brought big smiles and hope. The come to me one was loved most and I sent a few people the video of Helen painting and they were so blessed. These are just a few examples. The way maker is on the move. It’s easier to share Jesus these days.

Praise the Lord.

Kind regards Linda


Helen Yousef Hope Packs

Hi Ruth,

I have just received your kind letter and incredible Hope Art picture.
Thank you very much for the kind thought and it is pride of place on my office wall!!
Take care and speak soon.

Scott.
Scott Cannon Detective Superintendent | South LPA | Essex Police


 

 

 

Helen Yousef Hope PacksDear Ruth,

I wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for the letter and poster I received last week. It was a real treat to walk into such a lovely letter and I was impressed with the artwork, I just need to find the right place to put it now! This has been an extremely interesting few months in policing and I imagine the weeks to come will only maintain this quality as we move to being expected to police facemask wearing in shops. Not what any of us imagined doing when we started. I trust that you and the family are well and I remain grateful for your prayers and the support from the wider Love Southend network.

All the very best to you all,

Simon Anslow
Chief Superintendent | South Local Policing Area Commander | Essex Police


 

Helen Yousef Hope PacksSent: Mon, Aug 3, 2020 09:02 AM
Thank you! Dear Ruth,

I’ve only very recently found the artwork that you sent to me at the beginning of July. How truly lovely the pieces are- and it really meant a lot to know you’d gone through them all and picked out those you felt were best suited for different people, I love them.

We are all keeping strong and keeping busy but it does make a difference to know that the majority of people wish us well and want to help. It can be easy to forget sometimes when you spend much of your time surrounded by people when they’re at their worst or lowest.

Speak soon,

Bonnie Moore – Superintendent


 

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