Community responders make Florence’s birthday extra special

Barnsley’s Community Responders have helped make one resident’s birthday extra special by making sure she could receive a present and card from her friend.

Ken Lancaster (72) sent in a request to the Community Responders asking for help to deliver the present and card to his friend Florence Parkinson, also in her seventies, as he is shielding and couldn’t deliver the parcel himself.

Mr Lancaster said he wanted to send the gift to cheer his friend up as she too was in isolation and lives alone, so she was a bit fed up not being able to get out on her birthday. 

When volunteer Annis Green arranged to collect the parcel over the telephone, Mr Lancaster said: “I can’t tell you how much this means to me, it’s wonderful. You are all doing a great job.” 

When she delivered the gift and card, Annis knocked on Florence’s window and was greeted with a sign saying, ‘Thank you Ken’.

Florence said, “I am really pleased to receive the gift and thought it was a great idea that people are going out of their way to do this for others.”

Florence asked Annis if she could take a parcel back to Ken, and this was arranged. Annis said: “I was happy to call back and drop this off for Mr Lancaster. It was a pleasure to do this for two lovely people.”

When Annis called Ken to let him know his parcel had been left on his doorstep, he said “You are all angels, and I can’t thank everybody involved enough for what you have done.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “We all know how Barnsley pulls together as a community during difficult times and my thanks go to all of our Community Responders who are helping our most vulnerable residents.

“People can still volunteer their time to make a big difference - we can find an opportunity that works for you, no matter how big or small.”

People can find out more and register their interest by completing the online form via this link

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