Morland Community Hub's Jane Macpherson

Highbridge’s Morland Community Hub has completed a ‘morale-boosting initiative’ to deliver free afternoon tea and cakes to isolated local elderly residents’ homes during the ongoing lockdown.

Over 120 packs of were delivered through a joint effect organised by the hub with donations from Great Western Railway and delivered by local Gospel Tabernacle Evangelical Church volunteers.

The Hub’s Project Development Officer, Jane Macpherson, told “Our ‘Cuppa in a Bag’ scheme helped elderly, lonely and isolated people.”

“Many people who usually attend the Hub are unable to do so at the moment, so with support from Great Western Railway, the Hub took tea to them!”

One of the residents said: ‘It made our day to receive such a lovely gift and to have someone to talk with from a distance for a short while.”

She added that the initiative is one of several innovative ways that they have been supporting the local community.

“The team have also been supplying wool to local knitters, kindly donated from London-based charity, Knit For Peace, so they have something enjoyable to keep them occupied.”

“Also, a large donation of free tablet computers has been made to local, vulnerable people to alleviate their isolation, and help them to connect digitally, with support from the Good Things Foundation.”

“Finally, for the younger generation, activity packs are being sent to local children to keep them entertained at home. The Hub is working alongside local housing associations to deliver this initiative.”

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