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Happy to Help in Heathfield

Publish Date: 2 June 2020

Happy to Help is the Coronavirus support set up by Churches Together in Heathfield it has already taken more than 270 calls since starting.

The many requests handed by Happy to Help include:

  • Delivering new hearing aid batteries to a woman who would have otherwise been deaf
  • Getting the right formula to a four-month old baby
  • Picking up more than 200 prescriptions
  • Collecting urgent medication for several dogs
  • Helping fill out food bank forms
  • Matching volunteers to people who are feeling lonely and want a regular call

Callers ringing the Happy to Help hotline 01435 863786 are matched with a church volunteer. Volunteers have been busy picking up prescriptions, running errands and getting shopping for people who are self-isolating. Church members are also being paired with people who are feeling lonely and would like a regular chat.

Happy to Help was set up by Kings Church, Heathfield, and is supported by Churches Together in Heathfield. The service is open to everyone in the Heathfield area, whether they are a churchgoer or not. It has been one of the 80 volunteers groups helping the Wealden Community Hub.

“Happy to Help is our way of showing God’s love, by offering practical support to those who need it at this challenging time,” said Marcellus Edmonds, elder at Kings Church, Heathfield. “We’ve had a tremendous response so far and have a team of volunteers ready and able to help.”

 

Photo shows Marcellus Edmonds delivering a prescription.