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Holbeach Heroes are making a difference to families with donations of food, money and clothing

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Community spirit is alive and well in Holbeach as residents are rallying to help their neighbours.

Holbeach Heroes Covid Bank is making a big difference to lives of families who are struggling as a result of the pandemic with townspeople offering money, food and clothing.

Since being launched three months ago by Sarah Phoenix, who manages the group with Jess Glue, the Facebook page has more than 800 members.

Sarah Phoenix and Jess Glue who run the Holbeach Heroes site (45208293)
Sarah Phoenix and Jess Glue who run the Holbeach Heroes site (45208293)

More than £600 was raised during a recent appeal to help a family with heating oil and clothing.

A letter from the family states: “Each and everyone of you are angels for doing all of this for us.

“I promise that when my son grows out of these things, they will be gifted (not sold) to someone like me.

“This group has literally saved my life.”

Sarah, who had moved to Holbeach from Donington in 2019, was inspired to set up the group have spotting a need in the town due to issues such as unemployment and people being unable to drive.

People who need help are able to contact Sarah or Jess confidentially who then post what is needed on the page, where members are only allowed to offer items rather than sell.

School shoes and uniforms have been among the things that people have most urgently needed recently but the group has also help to source Mother’s Day presents.

Sarah said: “I am proud of being able to help but I don’t feel that I can take the credit.

“I had the idea but without everyone giving it wouldn’t happen.”

Jess (40) has returned to her Weston home to find donations of food left outside her home to support families.

She said: “A lot of people have been furloughed and on standard benefits but that doesn’t mean your bills have gone down.

“The community support has been overwhelming as everyone is pulling together to help families in need.”

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