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Coronavirus: Spalding and Pinchbeck volunteer-led team are supporting those in need - but more donations of stock are needed




A team of volunteers, who came together just three weeks ago to support those in need during the coronavirus lockdown, have made an incredible impact.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Spalding and Pinchbeck Kindness Team was set up to support those who are vulnerable and self-isolating.

The team is made up of ten founder members and 100 volunteers. They are sending out more than 40 care packages a week, answering over 200 individual support requests, delivering to over 15 schools and ten care homes; and have even managed to deliver a birthday cake for a lady's 91st.

Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team. Pictured (L-R) Reshma Cookson, Coun Rob Gibson, April Sandall, Keira Williamson, Barbara Camps, Coun Jack McLean, Lesa Everton Jeffery and Nikki Bellamy-Wilkinson.
Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team. Pictured (L-R) Reshma Cookson, Coun Rob Gibson, April Sandall, Keira Williamson, Barbara Camps, Coun Jack McLean, Lesa Everton Jeffery and Nikki Bellamy-Wilkinson.

The lady was unable to see her family so as well as taking the cake, the team also took her a card and the neighbours came out to sing 'happy birthday.'

The are following all social distancing measures at all times.

South Holland District Councillor Rob Gibson is among those on the team. He said the support by everyone has been fantastic.

Greenyard Fresh in Pinchbeck donated fruit to the Spalding COVID Kindness Team. Pictured is volunteer Bruce collecting the fruit. (33199208)
Greenyard Fresh in Pinchbeck donated fruit to the Spalding COVID Kindness Team. Pictured is volunteer Bruce collecting the fruit. (33199208)

“Morrisons and Greenyard Fresh have donated fruit, John Phoenix who does meals on wheels has been helping, Lidl is providing fruit bags and Chris Eley is donating bags.”

Also helping is Pinchbeck Parish Council, L&D Flowers, Pinchbeck Spar, Welland Print and many more companies.

Another resident the team surprised by dropping off a card and wishing him happy birthday was an 85-year-old gentleman.

The Spalding COVID Kindness team gifted a cake to a 91-year-old lady who was celebrating her birthday alone. (33199211)
The Spalding COVID Kindness team gifted a cake to a 91-year-old lady who was celebrating her birthday alone. (33199211)

Coun Gibson added: "He said afterwards, I wish I could have invited you all in for a cup of tea!"

The team is also linking up with other similar volunteer-run groups across the district.

If any local companies, large or small, would like to assist the team and donate surplus stock they would love to hear from people.

The team can be reached via its Facebook page. Search for Spalding COVID Kindness Team and send them a message.

Alternatively they can be contacted in the following ways.

Email: Keira Williamson at: covidkindnessteam@outlook.com or call 07415 374095.

Email Coun Rob Gibson at robert.gibson@sholland.gov.uk or call 07838 371698.

Email Coun Jack McLean at: jmclean@sholland.gov.uk or call 07761 098517.

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