Local organisations feature in Parliamentary Covid Quilt

All Saints Leighton Buzzard, The Luton & Dunstable Hospital and Whipsnade Zoo all have a place on the Parliamentary Covid quilt. 

The quilt was organised by Dawn Butler MP and individual panels were sewed by MPs to contribute to it. It is proposed that it will be displayed in Parliament.

South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, said, "The Covid pandemic massively affected every constituency in the country and I wanted my contribution to reflect some of the institutions across the constituency who played their part.

"I am aware of the amazing work done by many churches and different faith organisations in supporting people through the pandemic which is why I included All Saints Leighton Buzzard. 

"The Luton & Dunstable Hospital is our main hospital and staff there were at the forefront of dealing with the pandemic. 

"Covid is a zoonotic disease and Whipsnade Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of London who are involved in world leading research to prevent outbreaks of zoonotic diseases. 

"I was also truly humbled by the work of the vaccines volunteers who I met across the constituency. I applaud the way that her Majesty the Queen encouraged people to have their vaccines which is why I wanted to include her, especially in her platinum Jubilee year and she visited Whipsnade Zoo in 2017.

"There are so many other amazing people and organisations who I could have included and I hope no one will take offence about those not on my section of the quilt but there was only a limited amount of space. I know that my quilting is not perfect but I enjoyed learning a new skill and I learnt recently that learning a new skill is one of the five pillars of well-being. The gentleman to the left of my section is the uncle of Nadhim Zahawi MP, the education secretary who very sadly lost his life to Covid."