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Snow unites communities across the borough
Friday 8th January, 2010

Snow unites communities across the borough
Pictured left to right Deborah Gent, Mrs Hooson and Ann Lomax.

More than 400 people across the borough rely on meals being delivered to their doorstep every day.

Snow disrupted normal service earlier this week, but Wigan Council ensured that no-one was left out in the cold.

Every vulnerable person expecting a meal was contacted directly to ensure they were safe, well and able to eat well. With so many people unable to get to work, families, friends and neighbours were happy to ensure anyone they know who may be facing difficulties received a hot meal.

With just 70 people to reach throughout the community, everyone pulled together to ensure they were looked after. Ten domiciliary care agencies worked in partnership with council staff workers to ensure these people received a hot meal, despite the weather. Some walked through the snow delivering hot fish and chips to their doorsteps.

One lady who benefitted from this special snow service was 94 year old Mrs Eileen Hooson, Standish. Eileen was widowed more than 45 years ago. Her family consists of two daughters, one son, five grandchildren and two great children. Her youngest daughter, Jean lives in Blackpool with her husband Alan and together they attend to her needs. Her two other children live in South Wales and New Zealand.

Eileen has always lived in Standish. She receives home care support twice a day which enables her to live independently in her own home and copes remarkably well – an inspiration to us all. She used to enjoy sewing, knitting, gardening and making personal gifts for everyone at Christmas. She’s still a big fan of University Challenge.

Services have resumed to normal, yet the council has taken extra caution to ensure that every person will also receive a frozen meal along with their hot meal.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe says “Home care services and meals on wheels to the most vulnerable older and disabled residents are being maintained. But residents are asked to be good neighbours and keep an eye open for anyone they know who may be facing difficulties.

“This demonstrates that the weather has reignited community spirit, with people and organisations working together.

“Adult services and emergency services are also working in partnership to ensure than that people being discharged from hospital are returning to their homes safely today.

“GMPTE, Ambulance Service, WWL Acute Hospital Trust have all thanked the gritting and clearance teams who have worked hard to clear main routes and depots as well as around day and residential services.”



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