Since lock down began the Community group has delivered 151 prescriptions and done over 600 shopping trips. Regular phone contact has been kept with those in isolation by self isolating volunteers within the community group. At the beginning of lock down Sainsburys in Woodhall Spa donated 10 emergency relief basic food bags which have been distributed. Free bread, donated by both Cooplands and McColls, continues to be delivered to those in need.

The Lions have received funding from The British Isles Lions Emergency relief fund and also £2,000 from our local ELDC councillors, Martin Foster and Stan Avison, from their Community Grants. Also £250 from Tattershall with Thorpe Parish Council and £200 from a grateful individual. This money will be used to provide free food bags for families in need.

In the past fortnight we have bought goods and made up 220 bags for 110 families which have been distributed. A huge thank you to Nick of NHP of Sibsey for the fresh fruit & veg supplies. Peter and Denise from Leagate Farm Shop for supplying eggs. McColls for “bonus” groceries and donated bread loaves; Cooplands of Coningsby for donated bread and hot cross buns; and to Liz Stewart and Lee Mason, of Tesco Horncastle, who sourced the bulk of our groceries and donated 99 Easter Eggs to be shared. Kordel House Dental Practice generously donated toothpaste and Barnes Wallis Academy their tuck shop items. Tattershall Farm Park donated 400 Easter Eggs which Revd Sue distributed to local care homes, school children and hospital.
When we requested "help" to make NHS scrub bags on 3rd April, little did we expect such an amazing response. The post reached over 33,000 people and this connection reached well beyond Lincolnshire. We believe that over 1200 (*figure is likely to be much higher as we lost count) wash bags have already been collected from us and delivered by local NHS staff and shared between their respective hospitals Pilgrim hospital and Lincoln County. Scrub bags have also been shared with local care homes. We have 133 scrub bags waiting for distribution together with 22 more head bands. RWE Humber Gateway Windfarm (formerly Eon) donated almost 200 wash bags. The community response has been truly amazing.

We continue to collect and receive donations of material, especially from Grafters of Coningsby and our wonderful cottage industry of volunteers are not only making scrub bags and headbands but also hearts which Revd Sue is taking into local care homes.

Pilgrim hospital’s children’s ward made a “request” for individual hand creams for their nursing staff. An immediate response was to purchase what local supplies could be found. Following a bulk order for 150 individual hand creams these were shared between the Children’s Ward and Ward 8a at Pilgrim and the Neonatal Ward at Lincoln. Generous individuals have also donated toiletries for NHS staff and this have been passed on to both hospitals.

Our aim from the outset has been to help wherever it is needed and to care for the community’s physical and pastoral needs. Shopping; prescription collection; a voice at the end of the phone; on-line church services; sharing the love of community. Together we can do so much!
The Community Group are extremely grateful for all the support received; as you can see our community spirit is a good example of everyone pulling together. #kindness matters
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