Round up of 2020 – what can I say?
Well, I can honestly say I had such big plans for 2020 starting with a new Tesco friend, The Reverend Danny at St. Peters, who was very keen to be involved with helping the community and who has gone on to form the Love Loudwater Initiative.
The first meeting of Wycombe District Dementia Action Group (WDDA), where one of our priorities for the year was to create 2020 new Dementia Friends for 2020, didn’t go to plan; I had the misfortune to fracture my elbow saying goodbye to January.
February, with the help of a chauffeur in the form of Barbara from Community Matters foodbank, I was able to help The Royal Artillery Association’s (RAA) Frank and Peter celebrate their birthdays with combined ages of 185 years young.
The first fundraiser of the year for CRUK on Valentine’s Day was followed by ‘Tesco in the community’ talks for Brave Hearts and Movers and Shakers Caribbean style which included dementia friends sign ups, then everything changed.
With March came a very different role for me. With so much locked down and closed there was no community to support, or was there? Still being on restrictive duties (due to elbow fracture) I happily volunteered to be part of the sanitiser/queue control team in the car park. I could spray sanitiser one handed, use a radio to fast track the elderly, vulnerable and NHS/emergency workers and very importantly spread the word about all the Covid (oh no I’ve said the word) help groups that were working tirelessly to deliver supplies.
I spent 15 weeks with the Team Proudwater outdoor crew. Luckily it was mostly sunny so we got lovely tans and one day in May the wonderful Dave Dunbar entertained the customers queuing in the car park, followed by local crafter Paul Pownceby handing out little hearts he had made as a thank you for all my wonderful colleagues. During this time Wycombe Sound Radio kept us going with a song dedicated to Team Proudwater every day.
April/May, as things got moving again, I discovered the world of zoom meetings, maybe the new normal for meetings in the future?
Unfortunately, a lot of important events have passed by, been cancelled, with virtual or limited attendance, which is sad as 2020 was supposed to be a special year for so many.
I would like to say a big thank you to all who helped and supported the community with food parcels, Christmas hampers, helped me raise money for Race for Life, the Poppy Appeal, the 20 volunteers who attended the litter pick and the continued donations for the food bank and community fridge, especially the biggest can of spam I’ve ever seen.
Together we have made a difference, big and small, with over 100 ‘little helps’.
I wonder what 2021 will bring?
Loudwaters’ Tesco Claire.