Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: Lord-Lieutenant brings a virtual message of Hope to the people of Bedfordshire

  • Lord-Lieutenant brings a virtual message of Hope to the people of Bedfordshire to reflect on the extraordinary year we have had and look forward to next year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis has been unable to make her usual visits to organisations, businesses, educational establishments and individuals in-person to support and encourage their efforts. This has been particularly difficult when, now more than ever, so many voluntary organisations and businesses have felt the impact of the virus and required additional support.

The Lord-Lieutenant has held countless meetings online and sent virtual messages of support throughout the year and wanted to end 2020 with a message of Hope to bring communities together as one.

The theme of the message, which is “We Stand Together as One”, pays tribute to those who have made sacrifices during COVID-19 and gives thanks to the people of Bedfordshire for loving their neighbours as themselves. The message includes an address from the Bishop of Bedford, a message from the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police and interviews with volunteers who have given many hours of their time freely to serve their communities.

The Christmas Message will be available to view on YouTube from 21st December 2020 and the link will be posted on social media and placed on the Lord-Lieutenant’s website at:

Speaking about the Christmas Message, the Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis said:

“I feel privileged to be part of a county that demonstrates such care for each other. This year I have been inspired by the way ordinary people in Bedfordshire have done extraordinary things to help those in need of a helping hand. No matter what our backgrounds or faith traditions we have demonstrated that we stand together as one when the going gets tough. I hope you will enjoy the Christmas Message and I wish you many blessings during this festive season. Please keep safe and celebrate wisely.”