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Volunteers supporting Aylesburys vulnerable

A scheme has been set up to get their shopping for them

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:27pm 17th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Volunteers supporting Aylesburys vulnerable

Vulnerable residents of Aylesbury's old town are being supported during the pandemic. 

As the lockdown continues vulnerable people across Buckinghamshire have been seeking support with their shopping. 

Many are being forced to 'shield' themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, by staying indoors for 12 weeks upon receiving a letter from the NHS/Government.

Aylesbury Old Town Street Association 2

Each night shopping lists are sent to a team of volunteers from Aylesbury Old Town Street Association, who then met the next day at 8am. 

The group shop, following social distancing rules, at Sainsburys who have given them permission to use the dedicated vulnerable shopping hour.

Tamara Zimmerman is helping to coordinate the scheme with her old caravan working as their operations centre:

"The volunteers are absolutely wonderful and the trustee's at the Thomas Hickman Charity are just so grateful to all these volunteers who have sprung up to help their residents. 

"We've had one resident say this is an absolute lifeline for them because they are not allowed to go out."

Aylesbury Old Town Street Association

The Thomas Hickman Charity provide independent living homes for 63 of these residents and Bernie Creaser, their Welfare Assistant, is extremely grateful for all the help being provided to the residents through this scheme. 

Today (16/04) marks 96 delivery's made to those in the most need in the area they cover.

Tamara says the reaction  has been amazing, from resident to volunteers and hopes the bonds continue beyond lockdown:

"Its our hope the friendships that have been formed through the necessarily service we are offering will far outlast the pandemic

"There is a lovely core in the old town, it is very much a town inside the ring road and we are looking forward to continuing these friendships long into the future."

The scheme is part of #ProudofBucks a campaign launched to highlight the community support being shown around to county at the moment.

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