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Milestone for coronavirus support network

Posted onPosted on 22nd Feb

A help group set up to support people in Mansfield Woodhouse during the coronavirus pandemic is celebrating a milestone.

Focus Point Community Support Network, funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Lottery Community Fund, has just completed its 600th job.

The support group was formed by The Peaceful Trust, along with Mansfield district and Nottinghamshire county councillors as well as members of services in Mansfield Woodhouse.

One volunteer has been walking a dog three times a week since the start of lockdown last year, while many others have delivered shopping, prescriptions and whatever else they have been able to help with in the Mansfield Woodhouse community.

The support network has not stopped helping since March last year even though some of the volunteers had to go back to work.

Demand slowed when lockdown was relaxed last summer, but as the pandemic cases started to rise in December so did the amount of requests for help.

Volunteer Christine Burton-Betts, who lost her mother to Covid-19 in January, proudly completed the support network’s 600th job, delivering to an elderly lady who has not left her home since last year.

Christine said: “I know first-hand how devastating this virus can be and how upsetting lockdown is.

“Despite all of that, I have met lots of wonderful people through the network and it’s been a pleasure to be involved.

“It’s also kept me occupied whilst I have been furloughed.

“If you live in Mansfield Woodhouse and need help, please contact us on 07311 646758. We are still here and if we can help we will.”