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1,500 helped by Volunteer Cornwall during COVID-19

1,500 helped by Volunteer Cornwall during COVID-19

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:39pm 8th April 2020. (Updated at 5:13pm 8th April 2020)

Almost three and a half thousand people have joined a so-called 'volunteer army' in Cornwall in the past three weeks.

They, in turn, have helped over 1,500 vulnerable people in the Duchy.

The volunteers have been organised by Volunteer Cornwall.

“We have been amazed and astounded by both the numbers and the enthusiasm and flexibility of the volunteers who have come forward. Often, we are asking them to do shopping and medication deliveries but pet walking, transportation, befriending, domestic help and care & support are all tasks that they have happily taken in their stride.”

Andy Brelsford, the charity’s response coordinator 

The volunteer group is different from 'NHS Volunteers' as it focuses on those in the community who are being adversely affected because of lockdown restrictions. 

In addition to the individual volunteers, there are over 260 community groups providing a locally co-ordinated service in the towns and villages across Cornwall and Andy Brelsford says they are also a vital part of the COVID-19 response effort. 

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