Community clubs together for food parcels for vulnerable residents in North East Derbyshire

Officers in Clay Cross have been helping out residents in North East Derbyshire this week.

Officers in Clay Cross have been delivering valuable food packages to vulnerable residents after being offered kind donations from the local community.

Clay Cross elderly woman donations collage- May 20 Special Constable Paul Maddox and some of the donations our officers have received

Supplies have been coming in from the Chesterfield Community Food Hub, and from local residents, and they are being redistributed by the Safer Neighbourhood policing team to people in need in the area.

PC Tenielle Hardwick and Special Constable Paul Maddox took to the team’s Facebook page to thank the community for their support yesterday.

It was after a post on Tuesday 12 May in which they shared a story of how they had bought food and supplies for an elderly resident in North Wingfield.

They visited the woman, aged in her 80s, following calls from concerned neighbours and a distant relative who had not seen or heard from her in a while.

PC Hardwick said: “It turned out the woman had been recovering in bed after suffering from a fall, but she was in need help and asked if we could get her some milk. We checked our cupboards and found she was very low on groceries, so we went to the local shop to get her some milk and supplies.

“We just wanted to do what we could at that time to support her, and have since been able to refer her to other agencies and services who can offer her help and support in the long term.”

The officers also praised her neighbours and family for reporting their concerns and suspicions that something may not have been right.

She added: “We’ve been inundated with food packages and household necessities from people and organisations who want to offer their help, and we are taking the supplies to those who we know are vulnerable at this time.

“It is a real testament to the spirit of our local community, looking out for other people during a time when they may be facing particularly more challenging or difficult circumstances.”

“The same goes for my colleague Paul also, who is volunteering his time as a Special Constable, and helping us to deliver the goods and support local policing. We’re very grateful for his efforts.”

You can keep in touch with the work of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClayCrossSNT.

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