Volunteer group led by pub hailed for helping vulnerable in pandemic

Volunteer group led by pub hailed for helping vulnerable in pandemic

by Henry James (July 2022)

A VOLUNTARY group in Melling led by a couple who run a pub has been celebrated at a community awards event in the village.

A Special Recognition Award was given to Melling Community Volunteers who went “above and beyond” throughout the pandemic at an wards event run by the village parish council.

They were presented with the award by Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson who said the volunteers had led the way in providing meals and support for those who needed it during the Covid lockdowns.

Mr Esterson said: “The Melling volunteers went above and beyond throughout the pandemic and really led the way with regard to what they did for the community they serve.

“They were so successful they were able to expand to help people outside of Melling including in Aintree and Maghull.”

The group started when Sue and Adam Franklin, landlords of the Horse and Jockey Pub, in the village, had to close their doors at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They were concerned about the community and those who were deemed vulnerable, so they offered their support.

The Horse & Jockey and their staff were equipped to cook and package the meals but they required help getting the meals and supplies out to those that needed it the most.

They put out a call to help on social media and within a couple of days there were a large number of volunteers ready to give their time to support the community and wider areas.

More than 2,000 leaflets were delivered to homes across Melling and social media posts targeted towards neighbouring Aintree, Kirkby and Maghull.

Along with taxi drivers, Melling Parish Council and local volunteer services, they were able to identify those most vulnerable.

The volunteers also set up a ‘Listening Ear’ service which consisted of regular telephone calls to those that were lonely during the isolation period. Volunteers also helped to get prescriptions, medications and shopping for those that that did not have any other support available to them.

The volunteers delivered more than 10,000 meals to vulnerable people in the community, all supplied by the Horse & Jockey Pub. They made over 5,000 phone calls and supported more than 500 local people.

During school holidays the Melling Volunteers/Horse and Jockey provided packed lunches for children within Melling who required a lunch during this period.

The Melling Parish Council Community Awards were held on Sunday, July 3, at  the  Melling Ratepayers Club on Waddicar Lane.

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