A GROUP of caring residents created last March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Helping Hands, has got bigger and better.
Helping Hands Orford Poplars and Hulme was created by Carol Kilgannon and Stephen Murphy – originally to help people shielding who couldn’t get out to do shopping or errands.
Eleven months later, Helping Hands now has 22 volunteers to support the work they do.
Food parcels are created for those in need with the help of local supermarkets, food stores, Tetley Walkers Social Club and the Warrington community.
Helping Hands also delivered gifts and hampers to families at Christmas with the help of Warrington’s own Father Christmas and more recently helped in the local community during the devastating floods the town experienced.
People and their pets were assisted to evacuate their homes and others were supported by delivering supplies with the use of a dinghy.
For the following week Helping Hands had pop up cafes in the boots of their cars taking donated food and drinks to those affected by the floods and also workmen assisting to repair the damage caused.
Now Warrington and Birchwood Lions have very kindly bought a van for the group to use.
A spokesperson said: “The Lions are very supportive of the work that Helping Hands do so were very keen to help us out. We cannot express how grateful we are to The Lions and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”