Mick Newell has today been delivering lockdown care packages, funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council, to elderly Nottinghamshire residents.

As part of the Borough Council’s multi-partner initiative offering support to people in the local area, the Director of Cricket handed over parcels including puzzles, recipe cards and exercise bands to individuals who are currently self-isolating due to COVID-19.

Rushcliffe Borough Council is partnering with the Trent Bridge Community Trust, Metropolitan Housing and the Nottinghamshire Children’s Centre Service to identify and help those who may be at risk of loneliness in the borough.

Community Projects Manager Mark Clifford and Senior Project Officer Jermaine Shread also spent their morning delivering parcels, to young people who take part in the Trust’s ‘Positive Futures’ initiatives and their siblings.

Newell, who has also prepared meals for homeless, sheltered and vulnerable people as part of Trent Bridge’s community response during the pandemic, was glad to be involved.

“We know this time has been difficult for a lot of people, and that will specifically apply to elder residents in our community,” he said.

“It was nice to get out into the community and meet some of them, albeit at a safe social distance. We hope the parcels can help them, in a small way, during their period of self-isolation.”

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Debbie Mason, added: “We know it can be incredibly difficult for residents who are self-isolating during this time.

“We are, therefore, delighted that we can assist through our ‘Reach Rushcliffe’ programme, connecting with local organisations to identify and help those in need.

“The packages will help vulnerable residents and families stay active within their homes, as well as providing ideas for tasty recipes with ingredients they may already have and activities to keep their time and minds occupied.

“We would like to remind anyone who needs support at home to contact Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Hub on 0300 500 80 80.”