DevonLive has this week launched the Devon Together campaign — urging all of its readers to work together and look after each other as the region battles to get through the current Covid-19 crisis.
The campaign is running this week across DevonLive, CornwallLive, and PlymouthLIve, alongside daily titles the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald. Next week will see the campaign launched in the weekly titles Exeter Express and Echo, Torquay Herald Express, North Devon Journal, Mid Devon Gazette, Cornishman, West Briton and Cornish Guardian
The Devon Together campaign urges its readers to support local shops and businesses where possible, look out for their neighbours and friends and look after themselves as increasing numbers self isolate and work from home.
In return, DevonLive promises to tell the positive stories that shine through the darkness of the global pandemic, highlight the heroes and stand up for the local businesses that need support. It will also continue to update readers on developments around coronavirus to provide them with the most accurate and up-to-date information and advice from trusted sources.
Bill Martin, editor in chief of Reach titles in Devon and Cornwall, said: “This crisis is unprecedented and frightening. Understandably many people are confused and worried about the days ahead.
“The logistics of social distancing and self-isolation are going to be a real challenge for people – and it is vital that we work together in order to help us get through. There are many different ways we can support local shops and businesses. There are hundreds of people willing to help with deliveries or collections. There are groups offering help, advice and support in all of our communities.
“We will shed a light on as many as we can, and make sure everyone knows we are all in this together. ”
DevonLive has set up a new Facebook page, Our Coronavirus in Devon, as a place for open discussion, to seek help or to offer volunteering services. Thousands of people have already joined and are sharing their stories, advice and tips.
The group will also be sending twice-daily newsletters, as well as breaking news updates, via email.
Rich Booth, DevonLive editor, added: “The coronavirus has already affected how DevonLive works. Our head office is now closed and our reporters are working from home and working hard to keep the county informed.
“We will also continue without normal coverage of councils, communities and crime.
“But we also want to speak to you, help those who most need it, support local businesses and tell the stories that will warm our hearts of those people going above and beyond the call of duty.
“Help us celebrate you – there is already a huge amount to be proud of in Devon, let’s make our reaction to the current crisis another to add to the list.”