Right at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Kenilworth student Molly Bufton-Stears, the daughter of a Kenilworth Lions Club member, decided to do something to help some of the most vulnerable people her local community. Using skills she had developed during an overseas project placement in Zanzibar last year, she set up a local service called ‘Molly’s Meals’, cooking fresh hot meals daily and delivering free to anyone in the local community who needed them. The service grew rapidly, delivering to 45 residents daily within two weeks of starting, and continuing to grow since. Donations of fresh food from local restaurants, shops and businesses were supplemented by cash grants from Kenilworth Lions and other local organisations, and via a charity giving page.
Now, as lockdown restrictions have started to ease for many, it is recognised that there continues to be a need to support vulnerable residents in this way on a longer term basis. Molly has now stepped back as she resumes her previous life, but the initiative she started will continue under the banner of the Kenilworth Covid-19 Support Group.
A video by Molly highlighting what has been achieved can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x8wynA94WA
In recognition of her outstanding voluntary contribution during this time of crisis, Kenilworth Lions Club has awarded her a special ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ signed by the President of Lions Clubs International.