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Thank You Thursday: Helping the shielded

Giving back: Mousehole volunteers, and a Ruils volunteer, below

BAGS OF SMILES: The Solomon Browne Memorial Hall in the coastal village of Mousehole in far west Cornwall is helping to support those shielding in the community with a telephone helpline, grants for emergency supplies and bags of gifts to raise a smile. Dozens of volunteers are helping 60 households in the village with tasks including collecting shopping and prescriptions. The bags of smiles include pictures drawn by local children, photographs, information about the history of the village from the Mousehole Archive, puzzles, books, soap and hand cream.

SILK ELEPHANT: Handmade hearts are sent to people who are shielding, ill, or grieving over the loss of a loved one to bring a sense of togetherness for families. Based in Sale, Greater Manchester, the charity was started by Zoe Holland and Paul Nichols, in memory of their dad, David, who died in December. When the coronavirus crisis began, they responded with hearts and have now sent out more than 7,500. Each is made by volunteers and knitted, sewn or embroidered with love. Zoe is asking for people to create their own hearts in any colour or pattern.

RUILS: This disability charity helps children and adults to live independently in the Teddington area of London. As well as its usual information, advice, befriending and support, the team now organise food shopping for around 100 shielding families and call 75 each week to provide a listening ear. This is thanks to 100 new volunteers from the area and beyond.

ON HAND: Volunteers helping elderly and vulnerable people across London have completed 1,000 shop drops and medical collections during the coronavirus crisis, taken out bins and made supportive phone calls to isolated and lonely people. The service is now looking to now roll out nationally.