Volunteers scheme is quick to score century

Sandy Good Neighbours Scheme
Sandy Good Neighbours Scheme

More than 100 people have volunteered to be good neighbours.

At a pre-launch event for the Sandy Good Neighbours Scheme on Friday it was revealed that 103 people from Sandy and Beeston have offered to give others in the community a helping hand.

The scheme is being run by chairman, David Shields, along with steering group members Audrey Defee, SueFoster, Shani Giddings, Laura Taylor and Ken Lynch.

Volunteers will help anyone in need in the town, but expect the biggest call on their services will come from senior citizens.

They will undertake such tasks as giving occasional lifts to the shops or doctors, befriending people, dog walking, filling in forms and letter writing and collecting prescriptions and pensions.

They will also help with simple household tasks such as changing light bulbs.

Ken, who is organising the group’s publicity, said: “MP Alistair Burt came along and he was very impressed and said it is a very valuable project in the community.

“The former mayor Susan Sutton said she is pleased people in the community will be working together.”

Sandye Place Academy student Adam Glen, 11, designed a poster for the group.

The scheme was set up with the help of Mike Fayers from the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity.

Ken added: “There are lots and lots of people who do need help. People do realise that to improve the quality of life the community needs to help them. There are 40 schemes in Central Beds. This is a landmark in Sandy.

“It’s about people working together. We in Sandy are very lucky to have such wonderful people to come forward.”

The scheme will launch in mid July and the group still needs someone who would be able to act as the secretary. If you would like to get involved contact Ken on 07733 205593.