HELEN Melville, one of our Geography Teachers at King’s Ely Senior, has been going out of her way to help elderly people in need in her home town of Downham Market, Norfolk, during the Covid-19 lockdown!

She has been volunteering with the Volunteer Coordination Group for Covid-19 Mutual Aid, Downham Market, set up by the Eternity Church Downham Market.

Mrs Melville said: “To start with, a team of us delivered leaflets to every house in Downham Market and the surrounding villages, alerting people who were vulnerable or on the shielding list that we were there to help them. I quickly picked up four elderly couples in town, all where at least one of them was on the shielding list.

“I have been shopping and collecting prescriptions for them all weekly since lockdown started. I try to do as much on foot or on my bike as I can but I do have to use the car to deliver a week’s worth of food shopping! All the elderly folk are so lovely and have become good friends. I sometimes drop a little gift into them like a plant or some flowers, and I am sure that we will all stay in touch once this is over.

“I decided I wanted to volunteer because my own parents are too far away in Nottinghamshire for me to be able to support them. My father is on the shielding list but by not being there to help them, I decided I would help those people I could in our local area.”

Well done Mrs M!

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