On-call Firefighters volunteer to deliver food packages during Coronavirus pandemic

17/04/2020

                           

The Helpful Bureau are a local charity who are helping the most vulnerable with their shopping, medicine pickups and gardening as well as delivering home-cooked meals, helping users keep their independence during the pandemic.

 

Firefighters offered their support to The Helpful Bureau by delivering the cooked meals to the elderly and other vulnerable people in the community.

 

Watch Manager Ray Burton said: “We feel it’s extremely important to do our bit to contribute and support our local community and by delivering packages and having a friendly face at the door.

 

“We remain on-call and are there if you need us in an emergency whilst continuing to support The Helpful Bureau by delivering food to the local community.

 

“We are all adapting to new and creative ways of working to best serve the public during this pandemic.”

 

Laura Richmond, manager of The Helpful Bureau, said: “Social Distancing has meant that we've really had to think of new ways to support our elderly and vulnerable clients. They need us more than ever at the moment, so when we had to cancel our weekly lunch club we thought, "Why not take Lunch Club to them?"

 

“We were overwhelmed by the response so when Stapleford Fire Station offered to help us deliver it meant we could deliver even more meals to those most in need. Feedback from our clients has been extremely positive; They've really appreciated opening the door to a friendly fire-fighter, who they know they can trust and who takes the time to ask them how they are (from 2 metres away of course!). 

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