A number of local groups and individuals have been recognised for their exceptional response to the coronavirus pandemic in their communities.

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club (CIO) has recently presented seven Certificates of Appreciation to the Food Banks in both Street and Glastonbury, the local Coronavirus Community Support Groups in Street and Glastonbury, Street Baptist Church, Millfield School and Ashcott Village Shop.

The certificates said “In recognition of how you have volunteered and supported the local community at a time of crisis.  When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s an incredible feeling for everyone involved.”

In the opinion of the club’s members all recipients had gone the “extra mile” in providing support during the pandemic.  Whether that was the food banks helping with emergency food support to those who need it the most or the Support Groups signposting residents to services or doing simple practical things like undertaking food shopping, delivering food boxes or collecting prescriptions more than ably helped by Millfield School staff and some of their local students.  Street Baptist Church continues to supply a “Meals on Wheels” service principally on a Friday providing a full lunch to well over 100 residents each week.  Sammi Linham at Ashcott Village Shop was both surprised and delighted to receive her certificate saying “We have loved being able to help our community when they needed it”.

A spokesperson for the Lions said “These Certificates of Appreciation are but a small token of thanks to the many tens of volunteers who have given hundreds of hours of their time in difficult and trying times.  Whilst none did so to be rewarded, their contribution to local communities has to be acknowledged.  The recipients only represent some of those who have helped the vulnerable over the past months but they are groups known to our members.  We say thank you to everyone who has and continues to help those in need at these difficult times.”

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