Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has written to local Paull residents to offer his thanks for their efforts to support vulnerable people in the community over the last few weeks.
Many in the area are being forced to self-isolate or shield in order to reduce and delay the spread of Covid-19, with others unwilling to risk leaving their homes thanks to underlying health conditions such as asthma.
With online shopping slots still in short supply thanks to a surge in demand, despite Government moves to boost this through relaxing competition and delivery rules, those in need are increasingly relying on friends and neighbours for additional support.
In Paull, local postwoman Ann Allen – supported by husband Pete, who has also registered as an NHS Volunteer Responder – as well as residents Jade Inman, and Jo and Shaun Carlill, have been singled out for praise by Chair of Paull Parish Council, Cllr Graham Shaw.
While Mr and Mrs Allen are able to check on elderly and vulnerable residents on a daily basis to see if they need support, Mr and Mrs Carlill, and Miss Inman, are all offering help with shopping and even meal delivery.
Local MP, Graham Stuart, said, “I was delighted that Cllr Shaw got in touch to let me know about the selfless actions of Ann, Pete, Jade, Jo and Shaun. They’ve really stepped up to the plate to help others at this time of need, and I was all too happy to offer my sincere thanks for what they’re doing.
“Although this is an incredibly difficult time, I think it’s really brought out the best in people, not least here in Beverley and Holderness. The community spirit has been fantastic, albeit unsurprising.
“I know that parish councils are playing an important role in leading the local response, and I’d like to encourage more to get in touch to demonstrate just how much help is on offer for those who need it.
“In the meantime, anyone in need of assistance is also able to contact East Riding Council on 01482 393919.”
Cllr Graham Shaw added, “I’m incredibly proud of the many residents in Paull who have risen to the challenge posed by the coronavirus. I know countless neighbours and family members are posting notes through letterboxes and making calls to check if people are okay, not to mention helping them with their shopping and prescriptions.”
The Government has also launched a national volunteering scheme to assist the 1.5 million people who have been asked to stay indoors for the next 12 weeks. Some 750,000 people have signed up so far. Additionally, a £3 million fund has been announced to support efforts to deliver surplus food to those in need.
People can leave their homes if they are volunteering – or otherwise providing care for vulnerable people, shopping for essentials as infrequently as possible, for one form of exercise per day, or to go to work if they are unable to work from home.
Volunteers should only leave their homes if they are well, and aren’t displaying symptoms of Covid-19. Everyone else should stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.