Despite the country being in lockdown and many of our own WHA residents and LifeTime members being in self-isolation, the kindness of strangers has continued to surprise our residents.
Food parcels deliveries to those most vulnerable are vital during this time to ensure that they can continue to have some of the most basis things like milk and bread that so many of us used to take for granted. Some of WHA’s most vulnerable residents and LifeTime and WHiA’s isolated members have had delivery of food parcels from Age UK Mid Mersey, after we teamed up with them to ensure those at the highest risk could be provided with a food parcel.
The service is being coordinated for WHA, LIfeTime and WHiA by Director of LifeTime and WHiA Gerry Kiddle, who is really impressed with the response from Age UK Mid Mersey. Gerry said ‘I asked our LifeTime, WHiA and Housing Officers, to identify those residents and members that are self-isolating and have no other support from nearby family and friends. This information was passed onto Age UK Mid Mersey and they’ve delivered food parcels to the ones that have been identified. It is a great service, with a quick response and we know that our residents and members will be provided with the essentials they need.’
Age UK Mid Mersey intend to run the service throughout this period, and even though it is a free service to those that most need it, people are asked to donate if they can to help it continue. It you would like to donate to Age UK Mid Mersey during this period to ensure this service continues you can text AUKMM to 70085 to donate £10 or visit the donations page of their website HERE.
More locally, a team of volunteers have come together in the Great Sankey and Penketh area to provide food parcels and support to those elderly, vulnerable and isolated. ‘Support our elderly and vulnerable – Great Sankey & Penketh’ is being coordinated by local Councillor Amanda King and funding for the scheme is being provided by both Sankey and Penketh Parish Councils, along with food donations from local businesses, shops, pubs and members of the public.
After contact with Head of Customer Services Lorri Holding, Housing Officer Helen D’Arcy and Independent Living Co-oridnator Bernie Hubble, the volunteers delivered food parcels to some of our residents on Thurston Close, Shiggins Close, Vose Close and Cronulla Drive, as well as the residents of our retirement scheme in Lowry Close. Again the quick turnaround of this scheme means that some of our most vulnerable and isolated residents will not have to go without the essentials during this difficult time. The residents who received these parcels were very grateful and WHA would like to say thank you to Councillor King and the volunteers from ‘Support our Elderly and vulnerable – Great Sankey and Penketh’ for giving this extra support to our residents.
If you would like to make any donations to this group they have drop off points on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Fridays’ 10am – 12pm at Penketh Boys club and Hood Manor Community Centre.