Please support BERT’s Community Immunity Program
BERT is here to help everyone in Brockham to pull together against the Coronavirus. We know we all have the power to stop the spread by handwashing and physical distancing, but there is more we can and must do now. With your help BERT can keep the village connected and support anyone struggling with isolation or quarantine.
Over just a few days at least 188 people have signed up as CoronaBEV volunteers to help those who are self-isolating. In order to respond immediately and help those unable to leave their homes or facing particular hardship or distress, we need funds to:
- deliver hot food and groceries helping with the cost where necessary;
- provide food or kennelling or even veterinary care where essential for pets;
- help with free school meal replacements or essential childcare;
- assist with urgent repairs to homes and domestic appliances
There will be other vital support we cannot yet envisage in the face of uncertainty, BUT we want to be ready! Anything you can give will help BERT be there when any number of us may need looking after. It is easy to donate online using the green “Make a donation” button near the very bottom of this page.
It All Adds Up to a Safer, Stronger Village
Back by popular demand, for those of you who like numbers, here’s what the volunteers of BERT’s Community Immunity Initiative have achieved. During a very busy lockdown, they have:
- Attracted over £33,000 in donations, local government funding, and charity awards;
- Received 255 requests for support;
- Handled over 211 phone calls;
- Spent 366 minutes on phone calls from the community;
- Registered 188 volunteers;
- Facilitated 202 attendances at Christ Church Brockham’s virtual services;
- Collected and delivered over 165 prescriptions to self-isolating residents – some critical;
- Delivered 370 grocery orders for The Shop at Strood Green;
- Made 580 deliveries of foodaid parcels to local adults and children in need (since launching foodaid at the beginning of April);
- Connected 21 self-isolating residents with 17 volunteers who are neighbours and are now doing a regular grocery shop;
- Actioned 41 ‘other’ requests, including clearing 1 tree as well as walking 1 dog and taking 2 cats to the vet;
- Provided 48 essential PPE visors to essential workers at Brockham Surgery, The Shop at Strood Green and the RSPCA;
- Received offers from 35 volunteers within 12 hours of asking for help to produce face masks; and,
- Distributed 10 free loaves from Ruth’s Little Kitchen to essential workers.
- In addition, using the school’s kitchens, Balsamic Fig has prepared and delivered 57 hot meals to frontline workers and packed 372 oven-ready meals for them to collect.
Thank you to everyone for your time, energy and generosity of spirit.
~Craig Scott, BERT Trustee
Thank you to everyone who have already helped!