Food bank delivers Easter eggs to those who have ‘kept the Sidmouth community going’ during lockdown
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 April 2020
Sid Valley food bank
Emergency service workers and shopkeepers who have ‘kept the Sidmouth community going’ have been given an Easter treat by Sid Valley food bank.
Three thousand packets of mini-eggs were donated to the food bank by The Donkey Sanctuary, which had bought them before lockdown to give out to visitors.
The food bank already had Easter treats ready for the families who use its services, so it was going to pass the mini-eggs on to Sidmouth hospital and Sid Valley Help, but found they were not needed.
Sid Valley food bank co-ordinator Andie Milne decided to give them out to Sidmouth fire, police and ambulance stations, along with all the shops, large and small, that have stayed open during lockdown because people need them.
GPs, pharmacies, vets, nominated community care workers and postal workers also received Easter eggs.
She said: “This is a thank you from the Sidmouth community, to those who have kept the Sidmouth community going. It’s our way of giving something back.”
Ms Milne is currently in self-isolation, as she is at high risk of serious illness if she catches the coronavirus, and was not able to take part in the distribution herself.
She said: “After the initial shock of the sheer size of the donation and with a limited time frame, I was in quite a panic as to how to ensure the Easter eggs went to good homes.
“Also, being restricted to my house, things were quite a logistical nightmare to get my idea of distributing them to the community keyworkers, who have been keeping our community going, but as usual I am so lucky to have a team that are amazing to work with and just go with the flow of my ideas.
“Although we were still delivering Easter goodies on Tuesday, most of the supplies were distributed before Easter Sunday, which was just amazing, and seeing the pictures was the best Easter present I have ever received.” “Special thank you Simon and Alley, Viv, Sam and Freddy, the foodbank team that went above and beyond their normal roles, and a big thank you to Lisa Craig who helped in delivering to the emergency services.”
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