Appeal as 'thank you packages' delivered to key workers in West Norfolk
Volunteers have been delivering food and care packages to key workers with one member describing how some school staff cried tears of happiness after being recognised through the scheme.
A group called Gratitude Angel has been set up, delivering the 'thank you packages' across West Norfolk during the coronavirus outbreak including to places such as South Wootton, Downham, Snettisham and Dersingham.
Schools, pharmacies, postal services, care homes, surgeries and emergency services are amongst the various recipients of the supplies over the past four weeks.
There are a total of 12 volunteers in the group with South Wootton Junior, South Wootton Infants and St. Edmunds Academy staff among those receiving packages today.
Yesterday, staff at Springwood High School were described as "bursting into tears" after receiving supplies from Gratitude Angel. These were tears of happiness as the key workers at the school were being remembered during a challenging time.
However, the group are running low on donations after a month of service and are requesting goods such as tea, coffee, biscuits and gift sets.
Member Carole Cole said: "Lisa Webster came up with the idea trying to thank the key workers. A lot has been done for the NHS but pharmacies, schools and care homes, for example, have been forgotten a little bit. A lot of big companies have already donated but we are now getting to the point where we have done four weeks and the donations are starting to run out.
"I have had an offer from Great Yarmouth and I am going to pick it up from her. If a donation is offered, I will get it."
Speaking about the efforts key workers, she added: "The situation with teachers was that they received some negative publicity about going back in June, but some have never stopped looking after pupils. Care workers have also been brilliant at this time. My mum has dementia and I would not be able to manage without a care worker."
The Princes Group, the Hain Daniels Group and the Booker Group are among the companies who have donated supplies for the cause in the past.
Roughly 12 packages have been transported each week, mostly on weekdays so that the volunteers can keep weekends free to see families.
Mrs Cole said sugar has been well-supplied as she works for British Sugar.
Anyone who is willing to offer a donation can call Mrs Cole on 07557 377937 or message Gratitude Angels on Facebook.
Mrs Cole said: "The most important message is that we can only do it if the donations come in. We are just looking for people to help us, just a couple packets of biscuits or tea and coffee on top of your usual shopping list would be a great help."