During lockdown and the unprecedented climate, some staff across Alcester and Kenilworth were able to give their time to support the local community, key workers and other vital industries.
Dave Maries (Senior Workshop Supervisor) and Gary Rigby (Senior Sales) at Broad Lane Alcester, along with Gary Price (Customer Care and Aftersales) at our Kenilworth branch, spent moments of their spare time, as a result of our temporary closure, volunteering as NHS Volunteer Responders.
NHS Volunteer Responders was set up so that health and social care professionals could refer people into this service if they had certain health conditions, which put them at high risk from coronavirus. It is used by doctors, nurses and others where there is no current local support for these people to help them stay well. This keeps hospital beds free and provides health professionals with a trusted, national database of volunteers.
NHS Volunteer Responders is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service one of the country’s largest and long-standing volunteering charities.
From shopping for the elderly, dropping-off prescriptions, helping in the local parish, and even a spot of gardening - they really were fulfilling roles by all accounts!
Also at Alcester, Bernadette Dance (Hygiene Technician), who has training as a care worker, went back into the field to help support those who were elderly or vulnerable.
“It was manic, a lot of people needing help - neighbours, elderly people in the street, it was a very difficult time because people are lonely, and it was scary for them, particularly at night time - we were organised to call on people if they needed help. It was full on! Lots of people played their part though, so it was nice.”
These guys really are everyday heroes, and we are extremely proud of them.
Whilst the ten weeks of closure was challenging, and a time of much uncertainty, we would like to say a huge 'thank you' to those that gave back to their local and wider communities. It is incredibly moving to hear these stories and know that our team, across Alcester and Kenilworth, have given so much of their time and energy to support those who needed it most.
In addition, during the earlier days of lockdown, Broad Lane Director, Darren, received a cry of help from Nikki Nichols, who is the External Communications and Sponsorship Manager of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. It appeared that Lucy, who was the neighbour of a friend of Nikki's, was an NHS nurse at Warwick Hospital and needed help to shield a vulnerable member of her family, whilst caring on the frontline! Broad Lane were able to deliver a caravan to her garden, throughout the whole period.
Lucy reported… “The caravans was fab!!! I was in it from the day it was delivered and was very comfortable!!" She was “Getting tips from people at work, who are caravaners, and that it was working so well! Others at work were originally sceptical, but now they all want one! She was so grateful we helped keep her family safe. After working long hours, it was good to come home to!."