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300 Egg and Daffodil Surprises - delivered throughout Hebden Bridge

Sunday, 4 April 2021

They did it again! But this time Calder Community Cares secretly delivered 300  Easter eggs and 300 bunches of daffodils to the elderly, the vulnerable and young families dropping into poverty for the first time in our 3 towns of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden!

The eggs and daffodils were all supplied by Bam Nuttal, and at very short notice.

Steve Hamer, Calder Valley Portfolio Lead said, "We asked Calder Community Cares how we could help and when they explained how important that doorstep connection was to people we couldn't resist getting involved and within a few days our offices were jam packed with eggs, daffodils and food parcels"

Helen Plaice of Calder Community Cares said, " Our volunteers are an amazing team - and this was a-our biggest and quietest surprise delivery to date. We wanted to get the surprise parcels out quickly and our volunteers could be seen clutching our distinctive green presents all over the Upper Calder Valley on Good Friday."

Although the daffodils and eggs went down well, many of our 'Community Friends' were brought to tears by the Easter Cards that the children of Scout Road Academy, Riverside School, Colden School supplied to go into the bags.

One 87 year old, after opening her bag said, "The egg and daffodils, were a real tonic, but the card and warm wishes of the 7 year old who sent me my Easter Card brought me to tears. The kindness of people in Calder Community Cares never ceases to amaze me - you are all wonderful"

And local mum of three said,  "You have been helping me and my boys with 'Top Up Shops' for 5 weeks now which I can't tell me how much it' s helped us as a family - we went on our usual walk today and when I returned home I had  little green gift bags with some eggs (and some daffodils for me which the kids were more excited about than the chocolate) and a beautiful card from the children of our local school. You made me cry happy tears today because it was unexpected and such a beautiful thing to do, thank you."

Jan Lymer, who set up Calder Community Cares 12 moths ago, says, "We are now making solid plans for how to support our communities over the next 2-3 years and primarily we have three functions:

  1. To support the elderly, the lonely and the vulnerable as they look at taking those first few steps back unto a wider world.
  2. Develop support and services for our families who are dropping into poverty, particularly those who have experienced significant drops in income and really don't know where to turn.
  3. To continue to develop and encourage our amazing bank of volunteers as we undertake simple but effective 'acts of kindness' to improve the lives of people in our community."

If anyone you know of needs help, please go to the Calder Cares Website


Photos with thanks to Craig Shaw