A message from Berkshire Life editor Sarah Rodi: We’re #ThereWithYou
PUBLISHED: 13:02 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:24 20 April 2020
For however long this current situation lasts we want to assure our readers and followers that we will strive to bring you the best of Berkshire and our county’s amazing community spirit.
Hello, how are you?
I hope you’re okay.
I can’t believe how much has happened in the past month, can you? In our April issue we brought you a whole line-up of exciting events to look forward to and now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, everything has been either postponed or cancelled. Life as we know it has been put on hold.
As I write this letter, I’m sat in my home office with my two daughters either side of me at their new desks because the schools are temporarily shut.
For so many of us, this is the new norm. However, as we draw and colour in our rainbows to put in our front window, we realise how the uncertainty of this situation does seem to have brought communities together.
People are supporting one another like I’ve never seen before, despite facing their own struggles. People are clapping and cheering on doorsteps, volunteering to run errands and shop for their neighbours. And our beautiful Windsor Castle lit up for the amazing NHS.
As a magazine, Berkshire Life wants to do the same – we want to do all we can to support our county’s readers, independent businesses and local initiatives during this difficult time.
This month, a lot of our regular clients have had to pull their advertising, needing to focus on their core businesses. This is totally understandable. And yes, the magazine could have had a month off. Yes, we could have published online only. But no, now more than ever, delivering a local magazine to inform and entertain the people of Berkshire is the right thing to do. And we hope you will enjoy reading about your beautiful county from the comfort of your armchair. After all, there really is no place like home. And if you would like to support Berkshire Life in return, you can do by subscribing to the magazine at an unusually low price of just six issues for £10.
As my girls put the finishing touches to their rainbows, I am feeling more positive. I am determined to see these next weeks or months as time I will never have again with them; to cherish each day that we have together. And I will be thankful that we are safe at home.
I am so very grateful to all the NHS staff and to everyone who is making a difference and saving lives. Thank you.
Back to my first question: How are you? Do keep in touch and tell me how you are doing, I’d love to hear from you. Berkshire Life is
Sarah Rodi, Editor
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