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  • Story 1: Ava's large shopping list!

    Ava Goes Shopping

    Girl with lots of shopping

    This is a young girl Ava who wanted to support the elderly and vulnerable in her community. She wanted to raise money to buy supplies for local elderly/vulnerable people during all this. She did an 11k sponsored walk and raised £220. Today with the amazing generosity and help of Morrison’s Ayr and especially Jane the community champion she has managed to shop for, pay for and package up 27 parcels. Morrison’s very kindly gave additional vouchers, and a few extra items for each bag. These will be distributed to the Salvation Army, Patna and Dalmellington foodbank and a few people in Mossblown and Annbank (9 bags to each) Thank you to everyone who donated. Ava is thrilled that this will help those who most need it.

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  • Short story 2

    A huge community response to the coronavirus crisis has been seen in Dalmellington and Patna

    A partnership effort which includes the Zone Initiative, the council, and numerous volunteers, groups, local businesses and people, has seen an unprecedented response to the pandemic.

    A spokesperson for the Initiative told the Chronicle: "It's community resilience at its best."

    East Ayrshire Council for Voluntary Organizations has helped supply food, Dalmellington/Patna Mutual Aid and Community Support has been organising logistics, Dalmellington Bowling Green offered use of their freezers, Ayrshire 33rd Scouts donated Easter eggs for every food parcel for a child, Loch Doon Caravan Park turned its freezers on to store food donated by M&S, the Gas Board has helped deliver food, East Ayrshire Council donated £4,000 for the purchase of freezers and to pay for volunteers' fuel, Morrisons supermarket has donated food every week, Doon Valley ABC gym donated £200 worth of food, Stewart's Fruit and Veg has donated fresh produce weekly, STV Children's Appeal gave £2,000 for good deeds, the Third Sector Resilience Team donated £3,100 for food packages, Nice Days, Day-Today co-op have all helped, Boyd and Ogilvie taxis have offered to deliver, hairdressers from Classic Cuts and Beauty have been baking scones and pancakes daily for each parcel - the effort has been incredible.

    The Zone Initiative has been working at the coal face delivering food and getting supplies to those who need it most - supported by a host of volunteers.

    A spokesperson who has worked in the third sector for 36 years said: "I've never seen anything like it and I worked through the miners' strikes. I have never seen everyone pulling together like this, worrying after each other.

    "Anybody that has helped in this unprecedented time we would just like to thank them from the bottom of our heart."

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