Mull serves up help to ease Covid impact

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From making sets of scrubs to stitching facemasks, volunteers on Mull have also been cooking and delivering hot meals to those in need.

Mull & Iona Community Trust (MICT) has also been helping support people impacted by the pandemic.

Fundraising and volunteers during Covid have helped pump £100,000 back into the community of Mull.

The community on Mull has embraced initiatives to support fellow islanders during Covid

Moray Finch, MICT general manager said: ‘Mull residents have really come together and embraced the initiatives that have been put in place over the last year.

‘The assistance and fundraising over the last year has put £100,000 back into the  community. MICT has been supporting in the background but the community has done some amazing things. They have really pulled the stops out.’

Even though the island’s Revolve certified second-hand store MESS Island Castaways is shut during the pandemic, its parent organisation MICT has kept up amazing work. Revolve is the re-use quality standard for shops who sell second-hand goods in Scotland and is awarded by Zero Waste Scotland.

Last summer, MICT co-ordinated a group of volunteers who wanted to do more to support local health services and sourced a pattern to make scrubs, initially using whatever spare fabric they had available, then fundraising to buy material.

Together the volunteers made nearly 100 sets of scrubs in various sizes which were gifted to healthcare workers on the island.

The group is now making face masks, sourcing HEPA material to make filters so the masks can be used in any situation. More than 4,000 face coverings were made by volunteers, with many distributed to those in need with others available for sale to raise money for the Covid Winter Hardship Fund.

Mull and Iona Community Trust is also backing a dedicated group of locals who have been taking it in turns to deliver food parcels and pick up prescriptions and groceries for Mull residents who are isolated or shielding.

Some islanders have been cooking and delivering hot meals to those who needed it, preparing 30 meals a day and delivering them in the MICT electric van.

Caption: Volunteers on Mull have been cooking and delivering meals to people in need during Covid.
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