Lennox Herald : 2020-05-19

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17 www.lennoxhera­ld.co.uk 19.05.2020 “The way we have seen many large organisati­ons and Produced in partnershi­p with UK Government their staff move from their normal day-to-day work into projects to help tackle coronaviru­s has been remarkable.” LORD AGNEW CABINET OFFICE MINISTER We protect the most vulnerable and keep everything going with the parcels.” They’ve collected medicine and helped fit grab rails and handles, so a patient being discharged from hospital could live safely at home, as well as providing cardboard boxes for the food to be delivered in. “One of our staff members is 78 and shielding, so I have no doubt he’ll end up getting a box at some point,” says Qwest’s MD Ben Cummins. “It’s about doing the right thing and recognisin­g we’re all in this together. “The question we’ve asked ourselves several times is, if we don’t do it, who will?” volunteeri­ng and wanted to help,” says Leon. “There’s a sense of pride. “A couple of our staff have got poorly parents, so they know how important it is to help. We’re really happy to work with the community When coronaviru­s hit Britain, Qwest Services sprang into action. It brought together a team from energy and services company ENGIE to help Cheshire West and Chester Council provide shielding boxes to vulnerable people who are isolating. “We were approached to see if we could help deliver parcels from Ellesmere Port Sports Village,” explains team leader Leon Cooke. At first, ENGIE staff spent the evening distributi­ng the boxes from the depot, but now the fire brigade also does deliveries. “From day one, everyone was Dr Louise Rose, one of the founders of Life Lines help out the NHS and communitie­s during the coronaviru­s crisis, moving away from their day-to-day projects to deliver help quickly – from vital food parcels to life-saving PPE. “We’re humbled to help connect loved ones with one another during such a difficult and distressin­g time for so many,” says BT Enterprise’s Technology Director Lucy Baker. To donate to Life Lines go to keep in touch via Life Lines. “I spoke to my husband a lot and it was the most wonderful thing,” she says. “His first words to me when he was able to talk were, ‘I love you.’ “I cried and cried, it was beautiful. When he came home I asked him whether he’d heard my voice when he was so ill on the ventilator. He said he remembered hearing me and it had given him strength.” Life Lines is just one example of how companies have stepped up to My husband said that he remembered hearing me and it had given him strength justgiving.com/campaign/life-lines ensure schoolkids don’t go hungry to people who the crisis has left in difficulty.” Pam, too, is grateful. “I’ve loved it,” she says. “You feel privileged to work with these people. It’s a testament to the staff we deal with at ISS.” pasta, tuna and tinned tomatoes, as well as recipe cards provided by ISS. The community is thankful for the work the teams are putting in. “We’ve had calls from people in tears,” says Pam. “If they’ve not been able to get out, or are pregnant, they’ve emailed and they are so grateful. “There are some quite sad stories out there – some of the cases are not on the free school meals register. If we have spare hampers, we deliver those

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