• Online community support group Haslemere Help reaches over 300 volunteers, as they continue to support those who are self-isolating or vulnerable in the local area during the Covid-19 outbreak
  • Collaborating with Surrey County Councillor Nikki Barton and Town Council staff, and with Mayor John Robini manning the phone lines, the group are helping with essential tasks such as shopping for provisions
  • The group also offers a prescription pick-up and delivery service from all local pharmacies, including a special collaboration with the Haslemere Health Centre
  • Many of Haslemere’s local business people are helping with the volunteering effort – join up now if it’s safe for you to do so
  • Haslemere Chamber of Commerce is part of the weekly tele-conference of partners working on the community response including councillors, volunteers and local churches

Community Covid-19 support group Haslemere Help has reached over 300 volunteers, including people from the local business community. In a bid to help local residents, the group has mobilised to carry out tasks such as shopping for essentials and delivering prescriptions.

Founding volunteer and Chamber member, Narn, said: “When the call went out for volunteer help, we knew many in Haslemere would step forward. Haslemere is a community which has always had a volunteering ethos. I am full of admiration for those who have volunteered and, whilst I would have expected nothing less, it is still overwhelming to see the kindness and consideration from those contributing voluntarily.

“We have fielded 100s of phone calls to our helpline, 100s of Facebook messages and innumerable e-mails all needing help with prescriptions, shopping and an ear to listen and have a friendly chat. Our volunteers have also picked up wheelchairs, delivered flowers, collected plastic surgical boots and delivered hearing aid batteries.”

Haslemere Mayor, John Robini said: “The volunteers’ efforts and commitment, together with all those employed in delivering crucial services at this time, should lift our spirits and give us all encouragement during what is, undoubtedly, a troubling and challenging time for our town.”

If you are able to get involved and it is safe for you to do so, please do register by contacting Haslemere Help haslemerehelp@gmail.com and through their dedicated Facebook page www.facebook.com/haslemerehelp.

If you or a relative are in need of any help in these tricky times, contact 07873 383954 or email haslemerehelp@gmail.com

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