charity Heals, which offers an array of support to the community, has delivered
its 4,000th meal since the start of the pandemic.
organisation has been working tirelessly since lockdown to offer a wide range of
free services to those in need throughout the local area.
by a coronavirus appeal grant, the charity offers shopping errands, prescription
deliveries, activities for young people, befriending phone calls, debt advice and
refurbished laptops for low income families.
has also been delivering hot meals twice a week to older people who have been shielding
and to low income families throughout the pandemic.
has been awarded £10,000 from the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus
Response Fund, which has now raised more than £1 million and has so far
distributed almost £700,000 to more than 170 groups.
Chairman of Trustees, Gavin Grant, said, “The grant support has been absolutely
vital. Heals would not be in existence without the aid of the Wiltshire Community
Foundation and therefore this work would not be happening.
meals have been a big challenge. Owners Dave and Nicola Moody at The Red Bull
have been providing them at cost price – they have been absolutely fantastic.”
group was also supported earlier in the pandemic by The Calcot Manor Hotel and
added, “The hotel was completely shut down but they didn’t furlough ten of
their chefs so they could produce meals for us. The owners didn’t want to be acknowledged,
they just said to thank Richard Davies the Executive Chef and his team.”
than 40 households have been given laptops via the charity, refurbished by IT
experts at Atema in Malmesbury.
Oliver, the Community Foundation’s interim co-Chief Executive, said, “The story
of brilliant community groups suffering a devastating drop in income at exactly
the time they are being asked to meet rising demand for their help is one we’ve
heard right across the county. We are so pleased to be able to fund this kind
of work and to see it having such a dynamic impact on people.”
To find out more about Heals’ services via the charity’s website.
Click here to donate to the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund or to find out how to apply for a grant.
Pictured: Heals Trustee Karen Franklin who is managing the Red Bull Inn meals delivery service.