Foster carer an illustration of wonderful volunteers from Thurrock

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IT has now been 38 days since Lockdown was announced, and we’re proud to say the community of Thurrock has not let it’s community down. 
 
475 residents have signed up as volunteers and they have delivered on almost 850 requests for help received by Thurrock CVS – amounting to an estimated 3,825 hours of voluntary time. Some achievement!
 
In our ongoing effort to celebrate our volunteers, and share their stories, we’d like to introduce you to Kay. 
  
Kay, 49, Grays
 
Kay, a foster carer from Grays, signed up to be a registered volunteer in early April, and after verification, she’s already been put to work collecting some shopping before the May bank holiday. 
 
She said: “My three foster children are still at school and my husband is working from home. 
 
“I just wanted to help, I don’t mind where I travel, what I need to do, as long as I’m helping somebody – then sign me up! 
 
“I’ve been fostering since the beginning of 2013, before then – for your readers who remember – I used to work at the Odeon cinema over at Lakeside retail park. 
 
“I’ve helped out Age UK from time to time, did some shopping for two elderly residents, and I’m still keeping my eye on them during this difficult time.
 
“Originally, I signed up for a few of the groups looking for help, the NHS and Basildon Community ones. 
 
“The way I see it is I’m sitting here doing nothing, I would care for somebody if I was asked for help every single day, as long as my house is sorted, my husband and children are okay and happy – I’ll do whatever it takes!

“It makes me so sad to think how desperate people must be right now, how scary it must be for some, in particularly for our older neighbours. They are the ones that would never normally raise a hand and ask for help, and I’m proud to be there for them when they do.
 
“The process has been really smooth, the form was easy to fill in and I knew there would be a wait to get things all squared up. I submitted my expenses for the shop on Tuesday and was paid a day later. No problem.
 
“One of the things I’m proud to do with my children is ask them ‘What three kind things have you done today?’. It helps celebrate kindness, but also encourages everybody, every day, to do small acts which may help others.”
 
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If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with the Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action Group, please register here:  tiny.cc/ThurrockVolunteer
 
If you’re unable to volunteer but would still like to help, please consider making a donation to Giving for Thurrock (GiFT) here: tiny.cc/ThurrockGift
 

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