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Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh volunteers complete 32,000 good deeds in two months

A district council has paid tribute to the "amazing" volunteers caring for their community.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) revealed that their team of around 600 volunteers have completed more than 32,000 good deeds in just two months.

FHDC has heaped praise on its community hub volunteers
FHDC has heaped praise on its community hub volunteers

Community hubs in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh started operating in March in order to help those who had to self-isolate during the pandemic.

Since that time, the volunteers have made 17,186 welfare checks, delivered 9,482 hot meals, and collected 2,764 loads of shopping.

They have also collected and delivered 2,432 prescriptions, and given information and advice 860 times.

FHDC also revealed that their dedicated COVID-19 hotline has received 1,398 calls and 1,604 emails.

In April, the council was forced to warn that the volunteers were finding their goodwill stretched after numerous cases of residents misusing the services.

"Our district is indebted to these volunteers"

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Folkestone & Hythe District Council Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Our district is indebted to these volunteers who have responded to the thousands of requests for help received by the hubs.

"They are a true credit to our local community and as well as delivering meals or getting shopping they are a friendly face and a “socially distanced” chat for those they are helping.

“I am very moved, but actually not surprised, by the number of people both young and old who have offered to help those in need.

"Hundreds of calls are being received and responded to by the hubs each week and what they are doing will never be forgotten.”

If you are vulnerable and in need of help during the pandemic, you can find the hubs' contact details here.

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