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Date: 26 Mar 2020     

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News: Community Response Unit Launched

DCC Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them.

www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/community-response-unit-launched-to-help-those-in-need.aspx

Help is available for people across the county if they are:

  • Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
  • Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • Pregnant
  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aged 70 or over.

Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service. 

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News: Coronavirus Support for the Extremely Vulnerable

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person.

www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Please fill this Government form in online if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

You can register yourself, or for someone else.

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News: B&M Pledge £1M for Foodbanks

Each B&M store is authorised to provide a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation, so they can buy essential groceries, cleaning goods and toiletries.

The foodbank needs to be a registered charity and one foodbank per store is eligible.

Email foodbank@bmstores.co.uk with details of your foodbank, stating the registered charity number, the registered address and the full name of the representative authorised to collect the donation. State your preferred nearby B&M branch that you wish to visit. 

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News: COVID-19 Tech Funding

NHSX has launched a challenge fund to find solutions to support the most vulnerable.

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. 

If there are local initiatives that you think can help, please share!

techforce19.uk

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News: Coronavirus Scammers

Staying safe from scammers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Working with Derbyshire police, trading standards officers are urging people to be wary of possible new coronavirus-related scams being used by doorstep callers and online fraudsters.

www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/staying-safe-from-scammers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.aspx

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News: Blythe House Hospice Funding Appeal

High Peak hospice sees major reduction in funds as coronavirus pandemic continues.

A hospice charity in the High Peak, which relies on 79% of its operating costs to come from donations and fundraising, is set to lose potentially half its fundraising income as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

Janet Dunphy, CEO at Blythe House Hospicecare, said: ‘The pressures that Blythe House will face over the next few weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are going to be felt for many months to come. Everyone is dealing with worries and uncertainties now, but for local patients who are living with, or dying from, a life-limiting illness, we need to be there now more than ever.’

Blythe House is continuing to deliver 24/7 care to patients who wish to die in their own home; as well as offering telephone support for other patients, families and carers. Volunteers are helping to pick up shopping and prescriptions for elderly, isolated and vulnerable people in the local area.  

Janet continued: ‘Blythe House Hospicecare receives just 21% of its funding from local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, with the rest being raised through events, donations and the hospice’s retail outlets. We have made the very difficult decision to close our hospice shops, and cancel many of our fundraising events, which will have a significant impact on our ability to raise vital funds for hospice services. 

‘ We are also very aware that the situation will have a huge effect on local individuals and businesses who support us, so we are expecting a significant drop in income. There is currently no extra support available to us from government to meet the funding gap, so I am making a personal appeal to local residents to please continue supporting us where you can.’

You can support people with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, COPD, heart failure and motor neurone disease in a number of ways: 

 Make a one-off donation or set up a direct debit to give regularly to the hospice:      blythehousehospice.org.uk/donate/

 Consider having a spring clear out at home and donate any unwanted items to our charity shops when they re-open: 
blythehousehospice.org.uk/our-shops/

 Ask your manager at work to consider making a corporate donation:
blythehousehospice.org.uk/support-us/companies-and-businesses/

Janet added: ‘Throughout these uncertain times, we must come together as a community and support each other. Any donation to Blythe House, however small, will make a monumental difference to local patients and their families who are going through difficult enough times, without the added worry about the ongoing situation. I thank you sincerely for any support you’re able to give.’ 

See the latest coronavirus update from the hospice: 
blythehousehospice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe-information-on-coronavirus/

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