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Melksham says Thank You

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MELKSHAM News has been hearing about countless acts of kindness and real community spirit as people help each other in these difficult times.

We asked our readers to suggest names of people and groups who have been doing great work in our community. Here is what they have been saying:

The Melksham Community Area volunteers

All the volunteers that have come forward and offered their support to those in the Melksham Community Area that are self isolating. Not only are they undertaking numerous daily tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions, walking the dog and making friendly phonecalls but they are always going the extra mile.  Some of these additional jobs have included:

  • escorting a blind lady with a guide dog daily to ensure that safe exercise can be undertaken
  • getting a phone charger from Argos when they knew one wasn’t working properly
  • returning from a shopping trip two days later when they had tracked down some hot cross buns for an Easter treat
  • ordering some plants online so that a resident can continue gardening at home
  • alerting us to welfare concerns that have been followed up with social services/ care organisations
  • supplying items for residents that have been housed in Melksham that were previously homeless
  • paying for a gas engineer for someone who needed a new oven
  • putting cover up on a gazebo so that a resident could have some shade and sit in the garden
  • delivering Foodbank parcels

Whilst these jobs seem like small things, they have made a massive difference to the lives of those that have been helped.  The gratitude of the residents receiving help has been as overwhelming as the response of the volunteers; and its not just in Meksham that the volunteers are regularly visiting, its all the surrounding villages too – The Melksham Community Response Team

Residents in Shaw, Whitley and Atworth

who have organised their own food bank collections to donate to the local foodbanks, and many residents that usually drop off items in the supermarkets have donated money instead – The Melksham Community Response Team

Melksham Sews Together

There is a group called Melksham Sews Together that has been tirelessly sewing scrubs, washbags etc from donated linens and donating to the NHS and Care organisations who also deserve a mention – The Melksham Community Response Team

Jon Hubbard

who has worked tirelessly setting up our community response programme – Linda Roberts

Doctors, nurses and other NHS staff plus all the care workers

Any thank you has to start with the doctors, nurses and other NHS staff plus all the care workers who are doing absolutely fantastic work. They are all doing unbelievable work and we can’t thank them enough – Dorothy Jackson

Gompels Health Care

A huge thank you to Gompels Health Care @gompelshc, based in Bowerhill, who have already helped us out by donating facemasks and recently supplied boot covers, an item which has been in short supply! – Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Card & News Centre

One business I think has been helpful is Card and News in Melksham. We always did have a daily newspaper delivered from them, and still do. I don’t know who delivers it exactly but it’s never later than much past 9am. The lady in there is always pleasant, helpful and cheerful, whether on phone or in shop – Rosemary Skyrme

Do you know of any person, group or business doing great work for the community? If so, we’d love to hear about them. We want to shine a light on the amazing work being done in our community in these difficult times. Whether it’s a community group doing inspirational work, front-line NHS or care worker, a community volunteer, a shop or key worker or any or even a helpful neighbour, please let us know and we’ll share it with the town. Where possible, please include a contact number or email address for any nominees.

Nominate your local hero by emailing news@melkshamnews.co.uk

People have also thanked…

Melksham Community Response Team:

The Melksham Community response team are doing an absolutely amazing job and fully deserve the recognition for their hard work and dedication to supporting all members of our community – Hannah Ager.

Care workers at Blenheim House Care Home:

I’d like to nominate my mum and all other care workers that are putting in extra hours at Blenheim House Care Home, heroes in my eyes – Luke Webb.

Medvivo Responders:

Medvivo Responders. They not only go to patients. They also go to Telecare users who have the 24/7 Response facility. The team work 24/7 and cover all of Wiltshire (except Swindon). They are amazing.” You can find out more at: https://www.medvivo.com/responder-service/  – Brenda Coupland Harte.

Melksham Community Response Team:

The Melksham Community response team – the people running it are amazing – very well organised and tireless with their efforts – Linda Hancock.

Melksham Community Response Team:

I have to say the local councillors running the Melksham Community response are doing a fantastic job – organising shopping, prescriptions, calls to people on their own etc – Anne Sullivan.

Jenny Bertelrud:

“We wanted to nominate our wonderful neighbour, Jenny Bertelrud. From day one, Jenny has been doing weekly shopping for our household, plus another vulnerable family despite getting up at 3am to complete her shifts for Tesco. She is always asking if she can help us and brightens our day. A truly selfless and kind lady and a thousand thank-yous isn’t enough.”

“I’m only trying to help my neighbours; it’s what everyone is doing now,” Jenny told Melksham News. “Those of us who are well and not at high risk can provide support for neighbours who can’t leave the house.

“I’ve starting working at Tesco in Trowbridge loading delivery vans so have been able to pick up things for neighbours while I’m there.

“Like a lot of people, I wanted to help out a bit; I felt like I needed to do something; be part of helping. We’re all in this together; one of the people I’m helping has diabetes and is self isolating so it’s important he doesn’t go out. I’m only doing what so many other people are doing to help their neighbours.” – The Davies family.

Postal workers:

I thank the postal workers amongst so many others, risking their safety on a daily basis – Stephen Boddington.

Bruce at Spa Road Garage:

Bruce at Spa Road Garage – delivers groceries to Meadowsweet Place, Just phone up and if he’s got it in stock he will deliver it. Great guy – Lavinia Collinson.

Local schools and childcare providers:

All of our local schools and childcare providers that are open for vulnerable and keyworker children – Karen Louise.

Shield Wiltshire – Covid Response:

Shield Wiltshire – Covid response – David, Annette and the team are busy making free PPE masks for front line workers using their 3D printers xx they are well into the 1000s now. Really proud Xxx – Donna-Kate Hargreaves.

The Staff in Boots:

The staff in Boots – Sarah Hughes.

The White Hart in Atworth:

The White Hart in Atworth has not only turned itself into a minimart but Kirsty and Nathan keep us amused with their posts and deliver to the door for us oldies. Keep it up please, it is much appreciated – Jean Kain.

Hilary Venn:

“My neighbour Hilary Venn is sewing duvets and pillowcases into bags for carers and nurses to wash their uniforms in so they don’t  have to handle them by hand when they get home.”

Hilary is just one of the people who have turned to sewing to help care staff. She is making wash bags for the staff at Brookside Care Home  so they can take their uniform home safely to wash each day.

“The care staff are doing an absolutely fantastic job so when I heard I could help by just sewing, it was the least I could do to help,” she told Melksham News. “The bags mean the care staff can take their uniform home safely, without risking the health of their loved ones; they just pop their uniforms in the bags at work, take them home and pop the bag with the uniform straight into the washing machine; they don’t have to handle their ‘scrubs’ at all. I’ve got my sewing machine out and am cutting up old quilt covers. It brings back the idea of ‘make do and mend from my youth’. I’m self isolating myself so am just trying to do what I can to help.” – A neighbour of Hilary.

If you want to make bags, you can find a pattern or a YouTube video on these links…






One Response to Melksham says Thank You

  1. Karen Stansby

    May 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I have duvets and sheets i would like to donate for mask and scrub making

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