A COMMUNITY group has been given a huge helping hand in its efforts to keep the elderly and vulnerable healthy and happy amid the coronavirus crisis.
Wath upon Dearne Community Partnership, based at Montgomery Hall, has been awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery and a further £5,000 by South Yorkshire's Community Foundation to put together food parcels, cover hall overheads and pay volunteer expenses.
The partnership’s team of volunteers are producing care packages for people they have identified as being vulnerable and in need.
Paul Murray, manager of Montgomery Hall, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.
“Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to continue our vital work at this time when the community needs us the most.”
Volunteer Jenny Bates added: “All the volunteers at Montgomery Hall have worked hard to ensure our vulnerable community are being cared for.
“We have worried about how we could keep Montgomery Hall open and provide food and essential needs for those who rely on us at this terrible time.”
In his submission to the community foundation supporting their funding application, MP John Healey - who helped out at Montgomery Hall last Friday - praised the “extraordinary” group of volunteers, who have been hard at it every day except Easter Day, adding: “There are no longer weekends in their week; they are because they are needed.”
Mr Healey noted the partnership team were not only staying in phone and email contact with the vulnerably but also helping to keep them well-fed, adding that fresh funding was “vital to being able to maintain the very special support they are offering to people who have nowhere else to turn”.