Up and down the UK, a volunteer army has been supporting the NHS, carers and key workers to keep the UK moving and delivering vital services to those most in need. Covid-19 has tested everyone to some degree but it’s pleasing to see the country pulling together.
This is what some of Wren Sterling’s people have been doing to support their communities:
Amanda Featherstone joined Wren Sterling as a Business Change Manager just as the outbreak began, so it’s been a virtual induction for Amanda to her new colleagues but it hasn’t stopped her helping critical supplies get to where they need to go in her spare time. She said:
“I am part of a voluntary service supporting the NHS. I drive, co-ordinate and hold a committee role (membership secretary) for Midland Freewheelers, an emergency volunteer rider service, and do active evening and weekend duties.
I have been on active duty several times over the last few weeks supporting the NHS with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the things that we have been doing in addition to our normal service are:
- Collecting breast milk from parents in self-isolation that have premature babies in Neonatal wards, and delivering this to the hospitals to enable the babies to feed.
- Collection of Covid-19 samples from emergency hubs / hospitals and delivering them to hospitals to be tested.
- Delivery of equipment and ventilators.
I am currently coordinating the logistics and delivery of PPE equipment (outside of Midland Freewheelers, but using MF riders/drivers) to various hospitals and GP surgeries from a company that are producing this free of charge for the NHS.”
See more on the Midland Freewheelers: www.midlandfreewheelers.co.uk
Ali Critchley works in Wren Sterling’s Warwick office supporting our corporate advisers and she has been tackling loneliness as a volunteer. She said:
“Since Covid-19 I’ve joined a volunteer PhonePals service whereby the team call people who have requested a chat with someone due to being lonely or missing out on their usual social routines due to lockdown.
“They are all of the older generation who don’t use technology such as mobiles and iPads. So a telephone call is their best way of communicating with others. I’m really enjoying it as I love listening to their stories and having a good natter about their lives pre-lockdown! They tend to be 75 plus and some into their 90s and great characters, and of course without the lockdown we would never be chatting. I get as much out of it as hopefully they do!”
Rohit Malhan in Wren Sterling’s finance team has been amplifying the public shows of appreciation for key workers on Thursday evening by playing his dhol drum. A traditional double-headed drum found in the Indian sub-continent, the dhol is traditionally played with two wooden sticks. You may recognise the distinctive sound and beat from bhangra music. Workers near Rohit will be under no illusions that they are appreciated!
Another Wren Sterling adviser, who wanted to remain anonymous, has been generously sending cards and gift vouchers to numerous NHS workers and other key staff to show appreciation for the work they do under the toughest of circumstances. A fantastic gesture and one that we hope will inspire others to do the same.