Weymouth & Portland Lions Club are on the look-out for lock-down heroes, knights in shining armour and local volunteers who, when most of the population were told to stay at home, stay safe and protect our NHS, decided that they wanted to do something more for the benefit others.
Stories started to emerge locally of people who with little or no previous volunteering experience, decided that they wanted to help the most vulnerable in our society. Food banks in Littlemoor and Lanehouse sprang up using donated food from individuals and contributions from the major supermarkets to help the established food banks in Weymouth and on Portland cope with demand. Volunteers would deliver food boxes and parcels donated by others through local churches, and queues emerged outside pharmacies as more volunteers collected and distributed medicines for those who had been advised to shield in the community.
Mum of two Sasha Fancy from Littlemoor is our first volunteer to be recognised by Weymouth & Portland Lions Club with a certificate of appreciation. Sasha was on furlough at the start of lock-down and between home schooling her 14-year-old daughter who is also shielding, she has managed to make from over 1000 cotton face masks. These have been made at home by Sasha using donated cotton and flanellete sheets from other residents. These completed face masks have been distributed in and around Littlemoor, mostly for free. However, donations that have been received will be shared equally between Weldmar and the big4Littlemoor partnership at the end of August.
Ryan Hope, President of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, said:
“I am very pleased to be awarding our first Lions Club Certificate of Appreciation today to Sasha who has done a magnificent job in making over 1000 face masks. Well done. However, we know that there are many others who have also done great work in our community over the last few months. We would like to hear from you.”
For further details on how to nominate volunteers for a Lions certificate of appreciation go to the Lions website at www.weymouthlionsclub.co.uk and follow the link to Lock-down Volunteers.