Delivering goodies and happiness to isolated older people during lockdown

Unsung Heroes in Norfolk: Sally Whitworth 

Here is Sally Whitworth with her beloved labrador, Pongo. She is one of our fantastic ReEngage tea hosts for the area, as well as a regular monthly driver. Since lockdown, we have been unable to hold teas, but that hasn’t stopped her generosity… Here yet another delivery of delicious Bake Off!-worthy, homemade cakes (this week it was banana loaf and lemon drizzle) await in the basket.

All the oldest old in our small community have received two slices of mouth-watering cake every week, delivered with great affection and boundless cheerfulness by Sally. No mean feat, as there are nearly twenty people on her list. She has been doing this since lockdown on 24 March, maintaining the Government’s Covid19 rules scrupulously, with gloves and a garden stake which doubles up to hang the basket, while providing appropriate social distance.

Then at Easter, she delivered bags of Easter eggs to everyone, with a personal hand-written label on each, written by her 5 and 7 year-old great niece and nephew.

“I really enjoy doing it”, she says, “– and it stops me eating them all! Mind you, Pongo would have the lot, given half a chance.”

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