Three Crediton community organisations spreading cheer!

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Thursday 23rd April 2020 5:49 am
Some of the notes, pictures and letters made by Crediton Scouts for the elderly and vulnerable in the Crediton area. ()

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THREE Crediton community organisations have been working together with one intention, to bring a ray of sunshine to the lives of the elderly and vulnerable within our community.

The young members and their families of the First Crediton Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) are sending cheerful letters, notes and cards to brighten up the days of those unable to leave their homes due to self-isolation.

The project started with members of the scout section, writing to residents at Hillbrow Care Home, organised by Sarah, one of their Scout Leaders.

It was then decided to expand the project further to reach those isolated in their own homes.

Debbie Richards, Group Scout Leader, approached the Town Council for help in distributing the letters to the wider community.

Clare Dalley, Town Clerk, suggested contacting Age Concern Crediton, which is doing a brilliant job in leading on the Crediton community response, as she felt it would be best placed to help ensure the letters, notes and cards reached the right people.

A plan was born, the Town Council would supply the stamps, and the letters, notes and cards would be posted to members of Age Concern Crediton by Bev Whaley, Centre Manager.

Clare said: "This really does demonstrate how the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. By working together, we are hopefully making a positive difference to members of our community."

Debbie said: "We are very thankful for the help of both Crediton Town Council and Age Concern Crediton who have made it possible for us to help our community during these unknown and challenging times.”

Summing up the importance of such a project Bev said: "I can only imagine the joy these letters will bring to our isolated clients, this was such a lovely gesture from the First Crediton Scout Group.”

• On behalf of Crediton Town Council, the Town Clerk has written to residents in the town. The letter says: Dear Resident, During these difficult times your community is here to support you.

“If you are self-isolating, unwell or in the vulnerable category and require and help with shopping, food supplies, collection of medication or, just a friendly phone call, please let us know as we can help.

“Please contact us and let us know what help you need. You can email Lisa at: [email protected] or telephone Louise on 07519 930040.

“We are in this together, let’s stay safe and look after each other.”

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