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Police help to deliver over 32000 help packages across Blackburn with Darwen during Coronavirus pandemic

Alert message sent 07/07/2020 14:25:00

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The Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub food warehouse closed its doors on Tuesday, 30 June, and over the last three months Lancashire Police and Blackburn with Darwen Council have delivered over 32,000 care packages to vulnerable families and individuals across Blackburn with Darwen during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The two services joined together in March, when COVID-19 first hit our communities and set up the Help Hub at a warehouse in Blackburn, packing boxes of essential supplies including toiletries, fresh fruit and vegetables and cupboard staples to deliver to families across Blackburn with Darwen. These items have helped just over 3,000 families who may have struggled, due to shielding or financial difficulty, during the first fifteen weeks of the pandemic.

PC Dan Fish was redeployed from his usual role as a Football Risk Management Officer to the Help Hub to support the community effort, and volunteers from an array of professional backgrounds, including local taxi firms, leisure centre staff, police community support officers, project planning officers and volunteering partners have rallied together to deliver those essential items to families in need. Coun Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said:

“We’re so grateful to have had Lancashire Police’s support for our Help Hub operation. Together we’ve supported over 3,400 households over the last three months who otherwise would have struggled to access food and other essentials.

“The success of the BwD Help Hub has been down to Council staff working with a range of local agencies and voluntary organisations to get our residents the help they needed swiftly to make sure they were supported through the lockdown period.

“Working together, they have made a huge difference to people’s lives, and I thank them all.”

Community Safety Team Sergeant Jon Cisco, for Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn, added:

“PC Fish’s commitment to the help hub during the pandemic has been paramount to ensuring we continue to keep our communities safe, and feeling safe. In a time of uncertainty, local services have absolutely stepped up to provide extra support and visibility and our communities are at the forefront of everything we do. We have all had to adapt to a new way of normal these last few months, and we are incredibly grateful to Blackburn with Darwen Council who, at very short notice were able to meet the needs of some incredibly vulnerable families and individuals and support us in our aim to keep people safe.

The last of these help packages was delivered on the 30 June, but I will stress that while these food parcels have now ceased, that help is still available by visiting https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/helphub - if you need help, please do ask for it”
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