Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary step up to Covid crisis

Since lockdown started, Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club members have been busy volunteering their time and talents to tackle the crisis brought on by Covid-19.

Judi Kelly, Community Chair and President Elect of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, explained: “During this national emergency, club members are supporting the local community in a wide variety of ways.

“For example, we have members working in partnership with Action Together. I am linked in with Mind and Leap making phone calls each week to support those who feel isolated and who would normally have a ‘buddy’ regularly spending time with them.

“One of our past presidents is volunteering as an NHS Responder providing telephone support to a person who is isolating. 

“A ‘check in and chat’ call can make all the difference to someone who is lonely at this time.

“Another of our members, who is also a local councillor, is part of the Stalybridge Covid-19 help line group.

“They are providing assistance seven days a week picking up prescriptions and shopping or helping with signposting and telephone support to the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Our club treasurer is volunteering six days a week driving around 100 miles to deliver PPE made up at Bury Ambulance station by Community First Responders to main hub ambulance stations across the county for use by frontline ambulance crews.

“Other members are supporting food relief. One is delivering leaflets to raise awareness of the local foodbank, whilst another member volunteers at FareShare Greater Manchester.

“Although we’re a small club we’re doing all we can to deliver a big impact across Dukinfield and Stalybridge.

“We are looking to resume our annual programme of fundraising events and community projects as soon as we can and, in the meanwhile, we are continuing to meet over Skype to progress our Rotary business.”

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