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“I would like to congratulate and thank the Dormansland Diamonds for stepping forward as volunteers to assist the residents of the village during a period of time that we have not seen since the Second World War.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways whether it be through self-isolation, being furloughed or losing a job and this has resulted in some families being unable to have the money to buy the bare necessities of life.  This is where the Dormansland Diamonds came together first to offer food from the Plough Farm Shop, secondly arranging to collect Prescriptions from the chemists in Lingfield, Edenbridge and East Grinstead, thirdly the Sewing Group who have made PPE equipment and dressed the tree by the Fallen Hero on the green at Newhache.

There have been over 140 volunteers some of whom have knocked on doors to drop in leaflets to explain what the Dormansland Diamonds can offer and in some ways more importantly letting people know that there is help to hand if required whether it be to assisting or guiding a person through the various websites of Surrey and Tandridge or just being able to talk to someone.

All these different efforts have shown that most people care about their neighbours and I believe in the long run there will be many new relationships established.

We have no idea how long this pandemic is going to last but the Dormansland Diamonds now have set themselves up for the future and have been able to raise money, through donations and grants to ensure that for so long as there are people in need who cannot obtain support through the Government or Local Authorities then they will be there to help.

Again many congratulations to all the volunteers and especially to those who have coordinated these segments as without your determination, generosity and perseverance this would not have happened.”

Sir Nicholas White
Independent Councillor for Dormansland and Felcourt