True community spirit has come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic, as many put in that extra effort to help frontline workers or those who have found themselves in a difficult economic situation.
We’d like to put the spotlight on three Members who have contributed in different ways and to applaud them for their generosity of spirit.
Mavis has friends who are doctors working in the Covid-19 wards and she wanted to do more than showing her appreciation by clapping the frontline workers every Thursday.
Mavis started making meals to help her friends out, “They are working long hours, so by the time they get home from their shifts, it’s hard for them to start thinking about cooking a meal.”
“I batch cook one to two weeks’ worth of African dishes and soups, which just need heating up, and I also make sauces that can go with rice or pasta. I send a message to let them know when I’ve done a batch of food and I will either drop them off at their home, or they will come to my house to collect them from the freezers in my garden shed.”
Graham Bantrick was caught up in the Covid-19 pandemic whilst holidaying at Club La Costa World and unable to return home. When CLC World refused to allow Graham to pay for his time on resort, he donated £1,000 to Bando de Alimentos de Mijas through Fundación CLC World.
“I appreciate what CLC World has done for me. I wanted to help others as they had helped me. Food costs money and there are hungry people, but kindness costs nothing,” said Graham.
The donation bought essential food items to help those in the local community of Mijas who are struggling to provide food for their families.
Karen is part of a volunteer group called Crafting for Carers who make scrubs, gowns, hearts and ear savers for NHS and care homes.
They work purely with donated fabrics, turning them into useful items. For example, donated bedding is turned into bags for washing work clothes. The carer changes at work, puts their clothes into the bag and the whole lot goes into the washing machine, preventing cross-contamination.
The hearts are made in pairs. One heart is given to the patient and the other to the family so they can think of each other and know they are being loved.
Karen says: “I have been self-isolating and this has helped me get through this time as well as being able to give something back. Although I’ve missed two holidays, I feel I have made good use of the time and it has been worthwhile. I have made at least 45 pairs of scrubs so far. I’ve learnt a lot and connected with a lot of wonderful people.”