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Coronavirus: South Holland's 90-plus volunteers 'ready to help'

More volunteers and are stepping forward to help with home deliveries for people struggling to get shopping, medicines and other essentials due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Spalding COVID Kindness Team, set up by mum of two Keira Williamson, witnessed a surge in volunteers from 10 to 60 within 24 hours of a story appearing in Tuesday's Lincolnshire Free Press.

A fledgling group, COVID-19 Mutual Aid Spalding, has now merged with Keira's group and Long Sutton company director Hayley Gedney has around 30 volunteers under her wing to cover an area from Sutton Bridge to Moulton.

Hayley leafleted homes letting people know she's just a phone call away on 07939 593957.

She said on Tuesday: "I have had a lot of calls from the elderly who have said 'we don't need anything right now, but we are really thankful for your service and will be in touch.' But a few people have called already for help with their prescriptions.

"I have got a nebuliser to drop off before I go home and tomorrow I am collecting prescriptions for a couple of people."

Keira told us: "We now have a volunteer group of about 60 people and our Facebook page has had more than 400 'Likes' so far.

"There has been a really lovely response from people who genuinely want to help and nothing is too much trouble for them. Our message to people is 'if you do need support, you are not a burden'. "Vulnerable people have been told to self-isolate and we are here to help."

Keira can be contacted on 07415 374095 or via Facebook by searching for 'Spalding COVID Kindness Team'.

She said: "I have had a few phone calls from people who have just wanted reassurance."

Laura Sibley, from Surfleet, has merged her COVID-19 Mutual Aid Spalding group with Keira's group as she feels it's best that all efforts for the town are under one umbrella.

Laura said: "I have been following this since January, on Twitter mainly, and obviously it's been getting more and more concerning.

"It's changing rapidly and I am just quite concerned that vulnerable people haven't had much time to prepare."

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