A little lockdown update. As I have Asthma, a weak immune system and as I’m also carer for my mum, it is imperative for me to stay well so I’ve stayed home as much as possible. But whilst being at home I’ve been involved in several NHS based projects.

I’ve been working with Dr David Cartland, getting food and supplies to staff at the Alexandra Hospital at weekends. We’ve been supplied with free goodies by Tesco, Biddles, Batchley Chip Shop, Sicily Pizza, Mason Rd Post Office and Rectory Rd Fish Bar. The help and support has been nothing but amazing – thank you to you all!

I’ve also been making scrub bags for hospital staff and have had my fab friends and ward residents making them too, and also donating material to keep me going. A huge thank you to you all; Bev Kingscote-Davies, Maria Dacejova, Jan Anderson and Ali Page. A special thank you to Elaine French for collecting and delivering to the hospital.

I’ve also been crocheting hearts to be used in ICU for patients who are alone and battling, to let them know they are being thought of. A matching heart is also given to the patients family.  They’ve also been given to the staff who throughout this time are emotionally drained and need all the support they can get, and are finding the hearts as a little bit of comfort. It’s a privilege to be able to do something to help, however small, from home.

I need to also thank the staff at Dorothy Terry House and Paula Wedgbury for your continued hard work. I’m really pleased that I could direct Victoria Plum Hemus in your direction with her yummy cafe goodies and that McDonald’s also helped you out with much needed supplies of milk etc when you most needed it.

For now I will continue with my crocheting and scrub bag making and hope that it helps.

Stay safe everyone. Stay home.

Councillor Joanne BeechamHeadless Cross & Oakenshaw