On Monday 30th of November 2020, ASEZ WAO from the World Mission Society Church of God came out to visit Sale Ambulance Station and Altrincham ambulance station. The purpose of the visit was to deliver encouragement boxes and a message of encouragement to the staff who are working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Encouragement boxes containing snacks, personal protective equipment and handwritten thank you cards were given to the ambulance workers together with the following message from all the members.

A spokesperson for the church said: “We see your hard work and we are sending this message to let you know how much we care. Sleepless nights, endless sacrifice, overcoming difficulties, going beyond your limits… Even though we are separated we want you to know that your hard work does not go unnoticed. We thank you; we believe in you; we are praying for you and we love you.”

ASEZ WAO means “Save the Earth from A to Z as we are one family.” It is a Young Adult Volunteer Group from the World Mission Society Church of God who try and promote change through altruistic deeds and sharing the love of Mother. By doing so, they aim to encourage others to care about the local community, environment, and the world and ultimately work together to save it. So that they, and the following generations will have a world to live in.

ASEZ WAO do various activities such as crime reduction, implementing the UN’s SDG’s and the world-wide clean-up campaign. Currently, they are carrying out the ‘Heart to Heart campaign’ to deliver gratitude and messages of encouragement to many heroes who are taking on the risk to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to WHO statistics, the first case of COVID-19 in the world was recorded in January 2020 and in February 2020 in the UK. However, by the middle of November 2020 there were over 50,000,000 confirmed cases and 1,300,000 deaths globally with over 1,300,000 confirmed cases in the UK and 50,000 deaths.

We have all felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be having to be separate from those we love, not being able to do the things we want, job loss, or the loss of loved ones. However, even though the impact has been severe it would have been far worse and with more lives lost, if it had not been for the work of health care workers, silently sacrificing themselves at the forefront of our battle against the virus.

The work of NHS staff has been non-stop since the beginning, with hospitals being stretched and workers having to solve countless problems to handle the overflow of COVID-19 cases as well as taking care of existing and new patients with other ailments and conditions.

It is hard to imagine the difficulties and challenges that NHS staff have had to face; managing a huge increase in work load, , struggling with poor or lack of personal protective equipment, implementing social distancing practices and trying to ensure the safety of others and themselves.

A lot of NHS staff have had to go above and beyond their job role and description, working longer hours with less or no breaks, self-isolation, learning new skills and risking their own lives. The ambulance staff have been and the front line of the battle. Despite all of this they have pressed on dealing with matters of life and death and treating their patients with the upmost care as part of their ethical sense of duty.

Because of them countless lives have been saved and families have been prevented from being separated not just temporarily due to the lockdown but also, permanently. And through their efforts soon our country will be able to get back on track.

Volunteer Elleya Edwards commented: “There are many heroes, but our heroes are those who are saving others’ lives day and night at the risk of their own. These are our NHS health workers “

Sarah who received the boxes on behalf of the station said: “Thank you very much for everyone who has taken the time to do this box and come today and thank you for those who participated but could not come today. We really appreciate things like this, it makes us feel like we are appreciated, we all love our jobs, but the last few months have been difficult, so thank you. Little things like this mean a lot. ASEZ WAO thank you for your work.”

ASEZ WAO, together with all of the members of the World Mission Society Church of God and anyone who has benefited from or appreciates what they are doing, would like to express our gratitude and encouragement to all NHS workers through-out the UK. “Though we are separated we are with you. Thank you so much. We love you.”