Recognised: Holywell Community Champion

Recognised: Holywell Community Champion at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland
jess - Reporter at South Beach Radio
Written 6 months ago by Jess Keller

Claire Bennett from Holywell has been announced as the second Blyth Valley Community Champion.  Claire was nominated by several people for setting up the Holywell Village Isolation Support Group.

Claire initially established the group to help a few of her neighbours with their essential shopping and it now provides a weekly food parcel to fifty elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating due to coronavirus.  The group has a dedicated phone number that Claire takes calls from every day of the week and a Facebook page to help lift people's spirits.

MP for Blyth Valley, Ian Levy said:

"I first heard about Claire's amazing work in early April not long after she set up the group.  What Claire has done for Holywell is incredible and the appreciation and gratitude from residents is fully deserved.

"Claire does a great job delivering food parcels and co-ordinating volunteers but has also brought the village together through organising VE Day celebrations including a baking competition.  She really is a Community Champion."

Helping Neighbours & Forging New Friendships in Holywell

Helping Neighbours & Forging New Friendships in Holywell at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland
Photo Credit: Facebook / Holywell Village Group

Claire said:

"I am a little embarrassed to be chosen and I didn't expect the group to grow as quickly or as big as it did. I spoke to my husband Nic just before lockdown as we have a lot of elderly neighbours who we thought might need help."

"It is hard work but I really wanted to do something. Holywell is a lovely place to live and I have had so much support from people to deliver the food parcels.  New friendships have been formed which is brilliant."

Recognising Community Champions across Blyth Valley

Blyth Valley Community Champions has been set up by Ian Levy to acknowledge the remarkable people who are making a difference to the lives of others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

A special reception will be held for all COVID-19 Community Champions when it is possible to do so. 

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