Our Ready, Willing and Able staff volunteers have today (13 May) delivered their 2,000th parcel in support of residents who are shielding from COVID-19.
Working alongside Sandwell Council, we dropped off a box of essential items to 80-year-old Barbara Mason from Oldbury. Barbara cares for her daughter who has a rare genetic condition and has, herself, recently been diagnosed with secondary cancer. On receipt of her food parcel, she was extremely grateful and couldn’t thank enough everyone involved in getting it to her.
Barbara was today the recipient of our 2,000th parcel delivery. She cares for her daughter who has a rare genetic condition and has, herself, recently been diagnosed with secondary cancer. We are delighted that our #ReadyWillingAble staff volunteers put a big smile on her face! pic.twitter.com/BC5kKcuQs8
— West Midlands Fire Service (@WestMidsFire) May 13, 2020
Fire Safety Officer Darren and Policy & Assurance Officer Jim, who made the 2000th delivery, are two of more than 70 WMFS staff volunteers who have been working with councils, charities, community groups and health organisations across six hubs, to ensure the most vulnerable receive essential food and medical deliveries, during the pandemic.
Additional activities for UK fire and rescue services were agreed in March between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and national exployers.
In the West Midlands, these activities have included delivering food and medical parcels which has played a pivotal part in our involvement in the Ready, Willing and Able campaign launched by NFCC last month.
Phil Loach, our Chief Fire Officer, said: “As a fire service, our communities are at the centre of what we do. I am very proud of the work of the whole team over the last few weeks, from those who have continued to respond to incidents, carry out safe and well visits and support local businesses to those who have stepped forward as volunteers, to deliver food and medical parcels.
“I have heard many heart-warming stories from our staff volunteers and it’s clear that their time, patience, and can-do attitude have made a big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities during these very difficult times.”
Food and medical deliveries will continue over the coming weeks to support the most vulnerable in communities across the West Midlands.