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Generous windfarm workers’ amazing aid package sees over £6000 donated and 700 meals delivered

Kind-hearted wind farm workers have delivered an amazing package of aid to frontline workers and those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The generosity of technicians from West of Duddon Sands and Walney Wind Farms is ensuring local charities can support the most vulnerable residents in Barrow and Furness.

They have delivered 700 meals to vulnerable people and donated:

• £2,000 of refreshments and snacks for the Furness General Hospital and RNLI

• £1,000 & 50 meals from Rogan & Co to Age UK

• £1,000 to Barrow Food Bank

• £800 to Spring Mount Church, Walney

• £500 and food to the Furness Homeless Shelter

• £500 for PPE to Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity

• £400 and large chest freezer to Dazzles for Children, supporting families each week with food

• Filament rolls for PPE visors

Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Community Development Officer, Emma Broadbent, said:

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of these lads at what is an incredibly challenging time. Thanks to them, vulnerable people and families have now got food, it’s as simple as that.

“They are also so supportive of our amazing local charities and volunteers who are working 24/7 to ensure people are not forgotten and get the help they need. Some of the situations families and individuals are now finding themselves in is truly heart-breaking. Everyone is working so hard together to support our most vulnerable.”

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Local Communities, said:

“This is a fantastic example of another community project delivering support to our most vulnerable residents. Emma’s team is working closely alongside the group and others in the area to ensure people are able to access the help they need in their communities. Once again, I’d like to thank everyone involved in supporting Cumbria through COVID19.”

Ricky Petcher, leading the group, said: “We really wanted to support our local communities and ensure that people are not going hungry and our nurses and doctors on the front line were looked after.

“It's very easy to focus on looking after yourself but when you are receiving a full salary and others are getting nothing we felt it was our responsibility to try and give something back and support others.”

Spring Mount Church volunteer Ros Harrison said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the wind farm technicians for providing so many lovely meals which we can pass on to people within our community. We’ve been overwhelmed by their generosity and had so many amazing messages from people who have received them.

“They are making such a difference to the vulnerable, elderly and isolating in our area, making difficult times that little bit easier.”

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