MILLOM community group reaches out to residents in need.

The Around the Combe Community Group was forged in 2014 to save Millom's community hospital, and volunteers have now focused on helping people affected by the pandemic.

Volunteers have delivered thousands of hot meals, created and donated food hampers, collected prescriptions and delivered shopping to vulnerable people over the last year.

The Around the Combe Community Group is coordinated by Jenn Jakubowski and Jenny Brumby.

“It was really important to us to help our community during what has been such a difficult time for everyone,” says Jenny Brumby, Joint Coordinator of the Around the Combe Community Group.

“Working closely with Millom Integrated Care Community, our schools, Third Sector and other community groups, our volunteers have done a marvellous job.."

Volunteer Rachel Street said: “I have been one of the volunteers at the local GP surgery helping during vaccination clinics. We have stood outside in rain, wind, hail, snow and even sunshine, ensuring people know where to go and helping check-in arrivals, directing traffic and pushing wheelchairs. It has been a complete pleasure to see people coming out of the building delighted that they have been vaccinated. As a team, we have enjoyed working together and it has been wonderful to be able to make a small difference in difficult times.”

Resident Hazel O’Malley said: "I have no idea how I would have managed without this group and even my own medical team have been astonished at the care and professionalism with which it has been carried out."

Throughout the pandemic, the group has delivered 4,200 hot meals, provided 4,900 food pantry hampers, delivered 1,470 Food Bank assisted packages and collected 1,735 prescriptions.