Dr Luke Evans, Member of Parliament for Bosworth, has thanked a group of 35 ‘inspirational’ volunteers who have been providing support and assistance to vulnerable people in their rural village community during the coronavirus outbreak.
The villagers of Stoke Golding got together using their village Facebook page and have been in touch with every home in the community. Over 50 vulnerable residents have been helped with essential shopping, picking up prescriptions and dog walking.
Dr Luke Evans said “Even in normal times Stoke Golding is a tight-knit community, in these extraordinary times the support villagers have given to their most vulnerable neighbours is inspirational.
“We often hear about the negatives of social media, but stories like this highlight the positives too. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers in Stoke Golding who have making such a difference over the past two months. It really does exemplify the meaning of community.”
Volunteer and Stoke Golding resident Kathryn Clarke said “Stoke Golding welcomed me and my husband 3 years ago with open arms. So when the opportunity to help came along I didn’t have to think too long about offering our services to keeping the village safe and helping those who may need it.
“So far we have coped well as there are many people in the village helping each other out. It has strengthened our Community and personally I’ve met more people on my street through this experience. I hope we can all continue to pull together to get through this terrible virus, and that after it’s all hopefully over we continue to keep our community spirit going.”
Cllr Jonathan Collett, who has nominated the volunteers for a #TogetherWeCare award added "I am absolutely delighted with the amazing response we have seen across our community. I asked for a response across all eight villages in my Ward and all have all stepped up the plate magnificently. Liam Grady has gathered a wonderful team in Stoke Golding who have leafletted every single household.
“Volunteers cover roads across the village. Every time I have asked for any help or for their assistance they have all been absolute stars. I was pleased to nominate them for rising to the occasion to help isolated and vulnerable people in Stoke Golding. All the Stoke Golding Village Volunteers thoroughly deserve their #TogetherWeCare award from Leicestershire Cares for their outstanding work."