Star No.2 – Thunderbirds are go!

Phil Alliband
Thunderbirds are go!

Thunderbird 1

Who are you?
I have lived in Wordsley for 28 years and ran a Computer Services Business locally until 2013. After selling my business I have continued to work on a self-employed basis mainly part time allowing me to have a good work/life balance.

How did you get involved?
I have volunteered for Operation Santa with my wife Sarah and when I heard Dudley CVS needed help during this current crisis I offered my help.

How did you make a difference?
I was allocated an area and my role is mainly collecting and delivering prescriptions for vulnerable residents living in my local area.

Thunderbird 2

have also been asked to help with some shopping and I shop for one lovely old couple every Thursday Morning.

I have earned the role of ‘go to source’ for any emergency requests as I am always willing and happy to drop everything and get the job done, and now have the nickname Thunderbird 1!

How did it make you feel?
I have enjoyed meeting people living in my local area and also establishing a good relationship with local pharmacies. To have a sense of purpose during these difficult times has had a very positive effect on me.

Jayne Emery who is the network lead for the Wall Heath, Kingswinford, Wordsley & Amblecote locality network said:

I have been extremely lucky to have an army of dedicated volunteers who have supported with numerous shopping trips and medicine collections for vulnerable and shielded members of the community since lockdown.

Phil is one of these enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Nothing is too much trouble for Phil, and over the last 10 weeks, he has supported a number of people with their weekly shopping trips along with undertaking on average two medicine collection runs per week.

Tomorrow you will meet Sam and Sharon 🙂

Star No. 1 – Tells us why she is going to be that friend!

Rose Cook Monk
Tells us why she is going to be that friend!

I had a telephone call this afternoon from the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham saying that someone was in there that had a message for me. I was naturally concerned because I wasn’t aware of anyone I knew being there. It turned out to be an elderly gentleman that I’ve been doing shopping for since the lockdown after being matched with him by Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre (who are doing a fabulous job in our community during this most difficult of times).

I had been given his name and number but no other information. I’ve been taking his shopping, which I pay for, I ring him to tell him I’m on my way and he puts the money in an envelope – I ask if he’s ok – he always says the same thing “I am now I’ve seen you bless you for looking after me”.

Yesterday he fell downstairs in his maisonette and was found by his neighbours. When the nurse asked if there was anyone they could call I was the only person he could think of. I have only known him 5 weeks, barely had any conversation, his weekly phone call with his shopping list is always quite short – always asks how I am and worries that I’m keeping safe.

So why after such a short time with such little contact was I his only ‘friend’ – what on earth did this poor Man do before the lockdown? Who helped him? Who did he talk to? I offered to visit but they aren’t accepting visitors -they couldn’t even tell me his surname because I’m not a relative. I felt so bad for him and so very sorry. After all this is over how am I supposed to walk away from him? There must be hundreds of people like him out there. Please if you live by an elderly person or even someone living on their own – keep yourself safe – socially distance yourself – but knock on their door – drop a note through their letterbox, check that they are okay. One face, one voice could make all the difference to their day.

My thoughts tonight are with a lonely old man who needs a friend ……… I’m going to be that friend!











Tomorrow you will get to meet Phil 🙂