Resilience groups say thank you for support within communities

A number of COVID-19 resilience teams in Wigtownshire have been thanking the many local businesses that have supported, not only their efforts, but that of their local communities.

Chair of New Luce Community Council Alastair Hannay said there had been “instrumental” help locally to support vulnerable members of the community with delivery of goods to individuals and those in the further flung outlying areas of the parish, in addition to other assistance – with a special mention for a young boy Thomas out on his bike regularly cycling through the village delivering the goods.

Hazel Smith, at Whithorn, said all local businesses had been “outstanding”. A number of shops had continued to offer deliveries and serve customers and the post office remained open throughout.

Important medical services had adapted to safety measures to continue to provide a “superb service” caring for all in the community.

In Glenluce, Marion Muir said local businesses had been able to carry out an important service for the residents, with food also donated, and food boxes made up and then delivered to the homes of those either shielding or in the vulnerable category.

At Isle of Whithorn, Irene Matier said businesses being able to deliver orders and adapting with new services had been “invaluable to many”. Volunteers helped with deliveries and this support had made a resilience response much easier and ensured Isle of Whithorn was a “lovely place to stay during lockdown”.

Coordinator of Machars Churches Basics Food Bank Marlane Cash said a dramatic decrease in food donations at the start of lockdown had led to generous cash donations from Wigtown Community Shop, Newton Stewart Initiative, The Round Table and a local supermarket.

Marlane said: “We also received cash donations from countless individuals, all of whom were eager to help us to keep our service operating as normal.

“This was a massive boost to us as we had to resort’ buying food in’ regularly to satisfy the increase in demand, at a cost of approximately £1000 each month and it was only through people’s generosity that we were able to deliver our usual level of service and continue to do so.”

“To all those people who made those donations I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks for being so kind. You will never know just how much your generosity has been appreciated by the people who have received food aid during this time I salute you all.”