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Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club's community work receives boost

Covid-19 fund North Ayrshire

The Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club recently turned to Community Windpower’s Covid-19 crisis fund, in conjunction with the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, for help during the current pandemic.

The club, which has been supporting the local community for more than 75 years, requested £2,500 to help provide vulnerable and lonely people in the Garnock Valley area with ‘bags of joy’.

Those being supported include people living at Connell Court, Watt Court, Laigh Court, Dickson Court, Spiers Nursing Home and Thistleknowe Nursing Home, along with staff at the nursing homes.

Many of these people are shielding and experiencing significant periods of loneliness, which has made life very difficult.

The money will be used to create what Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club described as packages of kindness, containing the likes of groceries, books, puzzles and crosswords.

It will provide 360 packages, delivered to up to 120 people each time over a period of weeks, to ensure the support is prolonged and also delivers comfort to those in vulnerable or lonely situations.

In addition, the deliveries often give chance for conversations between the recipients and the people dropping off the packages, which can sometimes take a while because people haven’t had chance to speak to anyone for days or even weeks.

Prior to this funding and support, the club initially spent money from its own funds to support its elderly members and which proved a success.

Word quickly spread among the community, resulting in further requests for help coming in from the Garnock Valley community and a grant was secured to provide 240 parcels over a number of weeks.

Since then the requests increased, at which point the Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club turned to Community Windpower’s and the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust Covid-19 crisis fund.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Millour Hill and Dalry Community Wind Farms in North Ayrshire, said: “We didn’t hesitate when this grant was applied for as it does exactly what our Covid-19 crisis fund was intended for; helping those in the community that need support the most during this pandemic.

“The feedback has been humbling for everyone involved and it’s great that an elderly club can make this positive contribution to the wider Garnock Valley community, with our support.

“The ‘packages of kindness’ are obviously very special to people and are greatly appreciated, not just for the contents, but for the conversations during delivery and the fact these people are being thought about – that’s something you can’t buy.

“It really does make a difference to people’s morale during these challenging times and we’re pleased to be able to help.”

For more information on the North Ayrshire Covid-19 crisis fund, managed by the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, applications should contact John Smith at the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust on 07768 017 864 or email jsmithbirkentop@btinternet.com.

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