That’s the Spirit, Audrey

By Jane Cruickshank / August 18, 2020

STONEHAVEN woman Audrey Malcolm has received an award for the support she offered shielding residents during the Covid-19 crisis.

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action’s Community Spirit Awards aim to recognise people in our community who have gone out of their way to help, support and put a smile on people‚Äôs faces during the pandemic.

And when lockdown was imposed, no-one acted faster to help vulnerable members of our community than Audrey, who works with A and I Taxis.

Joining forces with Stonehaven and District Round Table, Audrey organised a free prescription and delivery service. Recognising the need, other locals also pitched in to make around 900 much-needed deliveries.

”We had Ross from Ovenu and members of the Stonehaven Lions helping us do deliveries,” said Audrey.

”The round table have done an amazing job and continue to do so. We even contacted Willie from Economove to deliver around 70 prescriptions a week round the rural areas of Portlethen, which he did week in week out, to help there.

”We also covered the Inverbervie area. We helped deliver food to people at the start that had no way of getting supplies, sometimes even paying for it ourselves as no one at the start really knew where to go for help.

”I had a couple of people that needed photo copying done so I picked the paperwork up and then took it back after copying it as they couldn’t access anything and it was to renew things like disability badges and claim forms.

”It has been a real community effort.”

The volunteers stood down after 19 weeks when shielding was paused on July 31 – but still for some people offer a reduced cost service.

Our Community Needs to Rally Together

Audrey said: ”We were also more importantly sometimes someone just to speak to on the other end of the phone, hearing stories and being some kind of company for the person on the other end, who was isolated.

”We helped raise money for The Haven Community Food Bank and still do. It opened up our eyes as to how many people needed help and still do need help out there.

”As a community I think more can be done to help. We fund raise throughout the year anyway but will do our best to do more than that where it is needed.

”We have made it clear if we can help, we will. The community needs to rally together with this.”

She added: ”It’s lovely to have been recognised for the award.”

Also recognised by AVE for their community spirit were: Carron to Mumbai, Catalyst Vineyard Church, K&D Befriending Volunteers, Mearns Coastal Living Network, Stonehaven and District Round Table and The Haven.