Mayor praises on-going community spirit

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has paid tribute to volunteers who continue to offer crucial help and support within their communities.

Alderman Mark Fielding praised the sustained response which is evident across the Borough as coronavirus restrictions continue.

This includes the Portrush-based Reach group who, with support from local businesses and generous donations, provide a meal delivery service and a foodbank facility for local families.

Its community work began in 2017 but demand for its services has escalated since the onset of the pandemic. It now provides a weekly meal and a Friday treat to 114 households in the town alongside its ‘Great Fish Supper Runs’ which are delivered to as many as 180 families intermittently.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding and his wife Phyllis join Reach volunteers Annette Ludlow and Jo Purcell at their Portrush base as they get ready to deliver food and essential items to those in need

The Mayor said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank the Reach volunteers and their supporters, along with all others involved in community responses in their areas, for the services they provide.

“Their overall contribution is immeasurable, helping to protect the wellbeing of the most vulnerable through their practical and social support. I want to relay my gratitude to all those who selflessly devote their time and skills, along with those who have made donations of food, essential items and money which collectively make such a positive impact on the lives of those in need.”

Val McDonald from Reach said: “It’s not just about food deliveries, it’s about providing our recipients with a point of contact and someone calling to ask how they are doing which is just as important.”

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