Kenilworth Lions “Pharmy Army” – serving the local community during the COVID-19 lockdown

John Whitehouse Uncategorized

Members of The Pharmy Army with Town Mayor Richard Dickson and Kenilworth Lions President Graham Pemberton

As soon as the COVID-19 lockdown was announced back in March, a team of Kenilworth Lions volunteers (affectionately known locally as “the Pharmy Army”) began delivering prescriptions to housebound residents all around Kenilworth and as far as South Coventry, Burton Green, Leek Wootton, Ashow and Stoneleigh. During the first 12 weeks of the lockdown, over 2,650 prescriptions have been delivered, and total distance travelled by the 11-strong team is estimated at over 3,000 miles!

Members of the Pharmy Army, all wearing bright yellow Lions tabards, have become a familiar and welcome sight around the area during lockdown, and the service has been greatly appreciated by local residents.

One message of gratitude received was:“Sending our heartfelt thanks to your excellent team of volunteers who have delivered medication for my husband.  The service is carried out with a lovely friendly smile and such efficiency, we cannot thank you enough.  We don’t know how we would have coped without your service”
while another read:“Hello , I was just writing to express my gratitude as your organisation has delivered my wife’s prescription the last 2 months while we have been shielding . We are both tremendously grateful for the help – thank you”.

The Lions Clubs International motto is “We Serve”. What better way to demonstrate this commitment when the local community needs it most?