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Local Community Heroes - Part One

It’s definitely been a different couple of weeks for everyone, with many of us across the UK working from home and being in a state of ‘lockdown’, practising social distancing and restricting our movements to essential journeys only. There have been many amazing people across our community step up to help those in need whether they have been getting essential supplies to those in self-isolation or supporting the most vulnerable in our society.

We wanted to spread the positivity and shine a light on some of these fantastic, selfless people and organisations in our local community as well as highlight those small acts of kindness which have kept us all going during this time.

Earlier this week brightly coloured posters appeared around Garforth celebrating NHS staff and key workers, and thanking them for the amazing job they are doing. Residents have been sharing images of the posters across social media, further spreading the positive vibes!

Skipton Step into Action has been set up to help support the vulnerable people in our communities who have now been asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks. Their Facebook page has attracted over 2,600 members all offering assistance and support for their local community on a daily basis. They have people who are volunteering to do shopping and deliver items, as well as collecting medical supplies or just offering a friendly telephone conversation for those stuck at home.


We have worked with Chris Chapman at Swink Design for a number of years on our company branding, we’ve always known he was a nice guy but what we saw a few weeks ago was amazing. On 22nd March, he and his family ran a Car Boot Food Bank in aid of Batley Food Bank, collecting tins and non-perishable items for those in need. What an amazing job they did, collecting much needed items for the charity.

Batley Food Bank are a group of community volunteers, who have recently had to adapt their way of working to ensure those in need are still able to access their service. Unfortunately, they have had to close the food bank to the public however, they are now delivering packages to those in need to ensure they get the items they so desperately need.


Some of our staff have also been offering a helping hand too, with financial consultant Andrew Askwith calling his clients to check how they’re doing and if they are in need of any supplies at this time. Another of our financial consultants Samim Mitha, has registered to volunteer on the NHS website as well as already volunteering at a local hospice and foodbank.


It’s great to see so many amazing and selfless acts during this crazy time. If you would like to be featured in our next instalment or know of any great people doing fantastic things then please let us know.