Lambourn Junction – helping those in need in the Valley during Covid-19

Lambourn Junction is a service that is run by volunteers for residents in the Lambourn Valley. It does not make any judgment about who might need help. In this unprecedented time of Covid-19, many find themselves in need, possibly to an extent never previously experienced. The volunteers will ask no questions and take no details except the number of people in your household so they know how many items you need. You can collect what you need from The British Legion (no longer The Memorial Hall) 11am – 1pm Monday to Saturday or organise to have it delivered to your doorstep.

The Lambourn Coronavirus Community Response Group has provided a network of volunteers who have helped establish the Junction in the heart of the community it serves. 

It has people based in The British Legion to receive donations, to sanitise them and to arrange them. 

It has people collecting donations and dropping off items. 

 

 

It also has people deep-cleaning the hall to ensure high levels of cleanliness.

If you know anyone who might need a bit of help, please encourage them to call the volunteer line on 01488 50 50 50.

Items available (and needed)

If you’re wondering how you can help those in your village, please consider donating to the Lambourn Junction in the Memorial Hall between 11am and 1pm Monday to Saturday. We need any of the following (this is based on lists provided by The Trussel Trust which runs a national network of foodbanks):

  • Food (such as cereal, pasta, rice, beans, tea, coffee, UHT milk, soup, pasta sauce, tinned meat, fruit juice, biscuits).
  • Household items (such as washing powder, washing-up liquid, kitchen cleaner, disposable cloths).
  • Feminine items (such as sanitary towels, tampons, deodorant, shower gel).
  • Baby items (such as baby wipes, nappies, baby food, baby wash).
  • Toiletries (such as shower gel, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, tissues).
  • Pet food
  • Entertainment (such as books, DVDs, board games).

How to contact The Junction

Please contact Anna on 01488 50 50 50, if you would like any further information, or email lambourn.junction@gmail.com.

The idea for this responsive service came from a local resident, Izzy McGregor, who had been collecting and distributing items of food and household goods for people in need in Lambourn and the surrounding area. Demand and donations were rising: so, to save Izzy’s house being turned into a warehouse and distribution centre, Lambourn Parish Council offered the Memorial Hall as a centrally based hub to which donations could be dropped off and from which these could be collected by those who needed them.

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