Little ACTs of kindness

Just Regional
Jun 2, 2020 2 mins read

They say that what goes around comes around, and Margaret Mildwater’s many years of helping others are now being repaid by others helping her.

When Margaret, who is now 90, retired to Aylsham with her husband, Roy, in 1990, the couple soon  became active members of the community, setting up the drop-in coffee mornings in Aylsham Town Hall, which she ran for more than 20 years.

She also became a valuable member of the Aylsham Care Trust lunch club team, serving freshly prepared hot meals for those who may otherwise become isolated, to meet friends, socialise and get out of the house.

Speaking with passion at an Aylsham Town Hall ceremony in 2017 to thank ACT founder Rees Coghlan for his work, Margaret said: “I have loved being a volunteer for ACT because I love people”. 

Now the time has now come for Margaret to be on the receiving end of some that love herself because, with the restrictions placed on the community by Covid-19, ACT is now taking lunches to those who need them – including Margaret.

She is pictured, above, with Liz Ward who is leading a small kitchen brigade of ACT staff and volunteers delivering more than 200 lunches and afternoon teas across Aylsham and the surrounding districts every week.

The charity is also delivering shopping and prescriptions, providing medical transport, telephone welfare support and personal care services for those who need a little extra help in the home.

It is a service people are very appreciative of, and Aylsham’s coronavirus response leader, Rev Jack Branford,  presented a “thank-you” bear, with matching knitted telephone, for Alison – the trust’s receptionist, who has manned the phone for the majority of the coronavirus help requests.

Alison with her new knitted friend.

Alison has put volunteers and people in need of help together to do tasks such as fetch shopping and collect prescriptions.

She has also organised volunteers to take people to hospital or medical appointments and co-ordinated the ACT hot lunch delivery.

The bear was created by Aylsham knitting group Hooked on Stitching.

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