Moneydig Rural Network has been a significant support to those who are vulnerable, self isolating and elderly.
From the very beginning of the crisis, with support of Harpur’s Hill Spar, they delivered soap, tissues, toilet roll, potatoes, beans , peas, tinned soup, tinned rice and teabags to many rural residents, as well as 52 warm packs which included items like scarves, gloves and a body warmers.
The group linked in with local businesses who made kind donations to the community including Atlas Gym, Blackrock Bed and Breakfast, the Magherabuoy Hotel and Leona’s Tea Room.
Greggs of Coleraine provided support by donating sausage rolls, chicken and steak bakes , brownies, milk, bread, biscuits, cookies, juices and crisp which was distributed to over 100 people across two days.
Following on from food deliveries, the group registered with Council to help deliver medications, food boxes, newspapers and act as befrienders. A mini-bus is now used to reach all those in need.
Alongside this, the group has also assisted with hundreds of applications including PIP forms, Universal Credit, rates relief and small businesses grants.
Volunteers arranged for hygiene packs to be made available which included hand sanitiser, soap, kitchen roll, disinfectant, wipes and washing up liquid along with pamper packs for girls filled with sanitary products, body spray, deodorant, wipes, soap and tissues and chocolate too. Some of these were also given to nurses and community carers.
Neighbours have been helping out by cutting grass while volunteers have been safely doing litter picks along rural roads.
The group continues to deal with a large volume of calls and enquiries, with phones continuing to be busy as different issues are identified as the pandemic goes on.