When the Leighton Linslade Covid 19 Task Force asked for donations of Easter Eggs they underestimated the generosity of the local people and businesses.

Hoping to get enough to distribute with the food parcels and to some children, they were stunned to receive over 1000 Easter Eggs. They will be distributed with the standard food packages. Also to Care Homes, Ambulance, Fire, Police, GP surgeries, and to the children who took part in the Leighton Buzzard Community Policing Team’s Colouring Competition organised by PCSO Rachel Carne by volunteers, Morrisons staff and Town Councillors. There are even enough to send to Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) stores. The initiative was started by Town Cllr Karen Cursons, her husband Andrew and daughter Sarah. A big thank you goes to the staff of our local Morrisons supermarket who have been supportive of the Group from the start, have been generous with donations, not only of Easter Eggs, but food and supplies. They are also helping with deliveries.

The Task Force was set up by local resident Holly Woollard nearly four weeks ago, before the lock down, and is supported by Leighton Linslade Town Council. It provides food parcels, delivers prescriptions and has access to mental health and counselling services. It is also supported by the Leighton Buzzard Homeless Service Food Bank. It has use of a large warehouse facility being run by Volunteer Coordinator June Tobin. It was invaluable to fill the gap before the, now fully operational CBC Hub, was up and running. Now that it is in place and linked to the National Services, the Leighton Linslade Task Force continues to help the local community with referrals from CBC and by referring people to CBC so that the best help can be provided. It has an information

Website https://www.leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk/  and a Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/groups/llhelpers/ .

Those needing assistance should visit the Central Bedfordshire hub at  https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covid-19 or ring 0300 300 8900 (please be patient as lines will be busy)