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Angels strive to take more people under their wing

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  Long Buckby Angels,as volunteers for charitable trust.
from the left, Lesley Saillet (chairperson),Philippa Caldwell,Norman Howe,Lynnett Bowman,Lise Beigon ( Coordinator ),Sue Kinross.
Sitting ,Pam Hall, Hilary Tibbs ( treasurer ),and Nicola Toms ( happy@ home Partnership ).

Mhde-08-01-13-buckby angels- Jan 23 Long Buckby Angels,as volunteers for charitable trust. from the left, Lesley Saillet (chairperson),Philippa Caldwell,Norman Howe,Lynnett Bowman,Lise Beigon ( Coordinator ),Sue Kinross. Sitting ,Pam Hall, Hilary Tibbs ( treasurer ),and Nicola Toms ( happy@ home Partnership ).

A VOLUNTARY organisation which has answered the call of over 157 people in Long Buckby in their time of need is about to relaunch.

Since February 2009 the Long Buckby Angels have provided short-term help for any villager who needs it and are about to relaunch their organisation in a bid to try and reach more people in the area.

A team of 30 volunteers work within the parish taking villagers to doctors appointments, helping with domestic tasks, shopping and small decorating jobs.

Angel’s coordinator Lise Benyon said: “When Buckby Angels started we took emergency calls and gave people lifts to appointments and to the hospital; now people more commonly ring for a bit of company which is just as important to them as asking for practical help.

“Our treasurer Hilary works in the local shop and regularly hears of people in need of certain services and that’s really how it started.”

Now the volunteers work with other local services including DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) and the new Happy at Home partnership which launched before Christmas to help isolated elderly people in the district.

The organisation is relaunching this month to increase awareness of the service.

Mrs Benyon said: “We surveyed people in the village to ask them what we could be doing better. Their response was that we were doing everything right but that people might not know they can ask for help, so we want to make that clearer with the relaunch and we hope to soon be reaching more people in the parish.”

The volunteers have a new logo and posters and will set dates to be available in the Long Buckby library for people to come along and have a chat with them about the services available or for volunteering opportunities.

To get in touch with the Angels or to request help contact 07908 578732 or email buckby.angels@googlemail.com.

Information about volunteering as an Angel can also be found in the Long Buckby newsagents.

 

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