Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, has awarded two local community organisations with the Wealden Hero Award.
At the beginning of April, Crowborough Foodbank lost many of its volunteers from active duties, as they were shielding or vulnerable. This coincided with the relocation of the warehouse, so that social distancing measures could be implemented. Nicky Tierney, Lin Arney, Iain Luxford and Carol Roberts immediately stood in as team leaders and oversaw the reorganisation process. Due to their superb organisation, the foodbank was operating seamlessly again within a week. Their teams of volunteers have then resumed collecting food from supermarkets, sorting, boxing, and allocating items, managing referrals, and delivering it to addresses across the area. So far this year, they provided over 12,500 meals to over 1,400 people in need. Beautiful soaps kindly donated by the English Soap Company and distributed to local organisations by Nus Ghani and her team earlier this year, have also been delivered to the Crowborough Food Bank, who ensured their distribution across the community.
Alison Homewood, Eduardo Angeleri, Mark Symons and Paul Kemp work at Wealdlink, a community transport charity that offers services such as a door-to-door transport, community trips and scheduled bus services. Largely operated by volunteers, Wealdlink enables our elderly to travel across North Wealden and maintain their independence. At the beginning of lockdown, Eduardo set up a shopping and delivery service through Wealdlink. With the support of the Trustees, the Operations Manager, and the invaluable help and hard work of Alison, Paul, Mark and other volunteers, Wealdlink have helped many of Wealden’s elderly residents who were unable to venture to the shops themselves. Nearly 400 shops have been completed and 3,500 miles travelled across North Wealden with deliveries. As part of this service, volunteers were also collecting and delivering prescriptions, and taking passengers to medical appointments. Although many passengers have now returned to the buses, Wealdlink continues to offer shopping and delivery services. For more information, please visit: www.4weald.co.uk.
Nus Ghani said: “Our communities have been at their most vulnerable over the last few months. The Crowborough Foodbank team and the Wealdlink team have done an amazing job in adapting their services to the situation and accommodating for the needs of the most vulnerable people in the community. They have organised a much-needed support and helped thousands of people across the constituency. I am delighted to present all these wonderful volunteers with the Wealden Hero Award and to celebrate their efforts.”