20 March 2020

Eyes On, Hands On volunteering temporarily suspended due to Coronavirus

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission can confirm that Eyes On, Hands On will be suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers on the Eyes On, Hands On project

In line with government guidance about avoiding non-essential contact it would not be safe or practical to continue to ask groups of volunteers to meet and travel around the country. Anyone who has already registered as a volunteer will be contacted directly.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any new applications to volunteer until a time when it is safe and reasonable to reinstate these projects.

We will retain the details of those who have already registered an interest, unless they request its deletion, and will be in touch at a later date when we are able to begin again.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has offered or already given their time to supporting CWGC’s work to remember the war dead.

The goodwill and proactive support we receive in the UK and around the world is never taken for granted.

Once it is safe to do so, we look forward to once again working with the thousands of people who have offered to support our work in the UK to remember the World War dead.

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