Goodwill and kindness shines bright in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire - positive stories of community spirit
Gestures of goodwill and kindness have been in full supply across the region.
Helping those in need, a show of thanks to key workers and appreciation to those going above and beyond in the community have demonstrated how the current crisis is also bringing society together.
We brought a round-up of donations, fundraising and acts of kindness last week, but want to shine a light on more stories of how people are making an impact across the region.
Children's activity sets have been donated to the Rampton Fairies for children in the village by Ian Darler, of Cambridge Charity Fundraisers.
The Rampton Fairies are a small committee of women in the village who formed to raise money for Christmas lights and now raise money throughout the year to 'grant wishes' for residents.
From events such as a pop-up breakfast cafe and bingo nights, they have lit up the village green at Christmas, provide a fortnightly minibus supermarket trip for those without transport, contribute to start-up costs for the Rampton Friday Club village you group.
The Fairies were also instrumental in founding Rampton CareRing to provide village support during the coronavirus outbreak, with a core of 41 volunteers able to provide help where it is needed most, such as with shopping and prescription collecting. A village milk and newspaper deliver service has also been started.
Cambridge Charity Fundraisers donated 70 gift sets to distribute to children in the village.
Cambridge Makespace have busy helping key workers in a number of areas.
They have designed mask strap holders to help staff put on and take off masks while wearing gloves.
The company has also designed visors which is focused on community organisations, GPs and other places to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A batch of visors has gone to Cambridgeshire County Council, Histon GPs and Addenbrooke's oncology wards.
Zara Indian Cuisine
The Great Shelford curry house have been making food donations across the community.
Among those Zara has dropped off food to have included staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital and Jimmy's Cambridge.
Last Thursday, Zara provided 52 meals to N Ward at Addenbrooke's.
The Truckle Cheese Company has made donations to key workers in Cambridge.
The C3 Church and Cambridge City Council have received cheeses from the Cambridgeshire-based firm to help with food parcels.
Holly Miller, of The C3 Church, said: “The C3 Church has been supporting our community who are isolating, have lost income or are on social benefits and require emergency food support. Truckle Cheese has donated such a generous amount of their delicious cheese, and this helps us to create nutritious and balanced food parcels. We are so grateful!”
Cambridge Water is asking customers to give a Wave4Water if meeting employees out on site.
Staff are observing social distancing but are finding people are not sticking to the rule when approaching workers on site.
Pete Aspley, wholesale director at Cambridge Water, said: “We’re continuing to work around the clock to provide safe drinking water as normal. This means our staff are out and about fixing leaks, replacing ageing pipework, testing water quality or dealing with emergencies.
"We do love talking to customers but we’d like to remind everyone to stay two metres away, that’s the length of one of our barriers. That way, we will all stay safe and protect each other and the NHS.”
A collection of Cambridge firms have donated gifts to support residents at CHS Group.
The housing association and social enterprise aims to improve the lives of those in most need.
Homebase and Scotsdales Garden Centre have donated flowers and plants to the residential care homes in Cambridge, and John Lewis has provided goodie-bags.
Velocity Commerce has pledged to deliver gifts to residents whose birthdays fall during isolation and each resident can select a gift worth up to £50 from the company’s eBay store - donations so far include a Majority internet radio, a Majority sound bar, and a LEGO Technic racing car.
A family member of a resident, who runs Design Etch Cut, has produced protective face shields for workers, including those at Alex Wood House, and Cambridge Makespace has distributed visors to other CHS care homes.
Nigel Howlett, CHS Group’s chief executive, said: “In the most challenging of circumstances, communities must find new ways to pull together and unite. In the current climate of coronavirus and social distancing, the need to connect with the local community’s most vulnerable is more pronounced than ever.
"It’s heartwarming to see a range of people and businesses coming together in different ways to support those who really need help in times such as these. Every gesture or donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated, and goes a long way to promoting the values of togetherness and solidarity that we foster at CHS.”
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