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