Salisbury support group reaches 6,000 followers

Salisbury support group reaches 6,000 followers

Published at 6:12am 8th April 2020.

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The Facebook group 'In Need! Salisbury and surrounding areas' has been set up to help in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

What started as a small support group to help the local community has grown considerably since it started just over three weeks ago.

Katie Haynes and her fiancee Stephen Warren told Spire FM they just wanted to do their bit to help in worrying times.

"We saw so many stories and first hand accounts of people needing help and support, that we were compelled to do something about it."

"We aim to continue supporting the community in whatever way we can including finding new ways to deal with whatever situations arise. What initially started out as a small Facebook group has now grown to support hundreds of people find what they need as well as supporting the elderly and vulnerable too."

VITAL COMMUNITY LIFELINE:

As well as providing important local information on the Facebook page like where to find essential items and the opening time of local  chemists the group runs a crucial scheme to help the elderly and vulnerable.

More than 60 plus DBS checked volunteers provide a range of help from providing a listening ear to picking up shopping or prescriptions.

A 24 hour helpline, recently launched takes between 20 and 60 calls a day.

In Need Salisbury

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Katie and Stephen say the "awesome volunteers" currently pay for petrol themselves out the "kindness of their hearts"

The pair also say many elderly people struggle with online banking and are worried about how to pay for items. 

"We took a call last week from a terminally ill cancer patient, unable to get an online food shop, no cash on them, and no way of getting out of the house because they are in the highly at risk group. This person had no family, no friends and no offer of support from anywhere else. With the use of kind donations, we will be able to remove any stress associated with payment and fund the shopping to make the service as smooth as possible."

In another incident the group paid for a replacement handset for an elderly person whose landline wasn't working properly to prevent them being cut off from the outside world.

The group are looking for more donations to continue this crucial work and have set up a gofundme page.

In a moving plea Katie and Stephen say "if you can spare anything to donate, you will shape and change real lives."

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