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Support in Coningsby and Tattershall

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Lincolnshire Co-op is working with local groups across the area to help support those struggling most during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Society is providing volunteers from the groups with a pass so they can pick up essential groceries and medicines from food stores and pharmacies. They can then deliver them to those isolating.

And as part of National Volunteers' Week the Society wanted to highlight the good work done by one of these groups.

The Coningsby and Tattershall Lions Club is run by volunteers and were quick to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Within a few days they set up a response squad ready to help people struggling to get the essentials.

They deliver around 200 prescriptions a month to the elderly and vulnerable who are isolating. They have also supported NHS staff by supplying them with hand cream to soothe dry hands caused by applying lots of anti-bacterial solution.

With many losing their jobs and the pandemic taking a toll on people’s income, the team supports around 20 people who are struggling financially. They provide them with food and support to ensure they get through the week.

Team members are also gathering fruit and veg for five local primary schools in the area for families of primary school children who are eligible for free school meals.

The club also makes scrub bags for NHS staff and clothes bags for patients which they can use to put belongings in when they’ve been discharged from hospital.

Coningsby and Tattershall Lions Club volunteer Micheal Phillips said: "The response from the community has been immense, volunteers have even been stopped in the streets by local residents who have offered their thanks and support.

"Organising support for the community can take a lot of time and effort, but the work by the Coningsby and Tattershall Lions Club has made a real difference to people’s lives."

To find out more about other groups supporting their local area go to the community notice board or the list of groups Lincolnshire Co-op is working with.

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