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Pizzas for Saturday Vaccine Volunteers!

St Columba Vaccine volunteers were delighted by the surprise pizza delivery and humbled by such kindness and generosity.  The pizza verdict? Delicious! Thank you Papa Ciccios of 10 Sandygate Road in Crosspool, Sheffield. The Vaccine Hub remains so grateful for and so encouraged by our local community.

Thinking the winter snow was long gone and British Summer Time here, many were surprised to wake up to light snow fall in Crosspool on Saturday 27 March. Thankfully the Hub has now installed a grit box at the church so is well stocked and always well prepared.

Pizza was a highlight in a very special week for the Vaccine Hub.  Nationally we so poignantly marked the One Year On from the first Lockdown.  Locally we also reflected on the first anniversary of setting up of the Covid-19 Community Hub in the St Columba Church Office and our community support to the Firvale Foodbank collecting and delivering weekly donations on Fridays from St Columba and Stephen Hill Methodist Church collection points.

The Vaccine Hub achieved it’s own major milestone too, celebrating delivery of over 13,000 first vaccinations since January. Dr Tom McAnea, lead clinician said:

‘A word of thanks to our volunteers.  They worked as efficiently and effectively as ever (…) ensuring the process was smooth for patients.  It is a testament to the goodwill and positivity associated with this work which brings out the best in people. I am as always grateful to Steve, Brenda and the whole team at St Columba’s who make this all possible.’

This week the Hub welcomed the return of many friendly faces too.  The Hub offered second vaccines to those who received the very first batches of vaccinations just 12 weeks ago.  For many of our 80 and 90 year old’s and others who have been shielding, it has again been a rare and positive opportunity to get out of the house. Everyone is eagerly looking forward to Lockdown easing.

A volunteer commented:

‘It is a privilege to serve and be part of the Vaccine Hub at St Columba.  We are so grateful to Papa Ciccio’s – in Crosspool since 1988, for their support and very kind and welcome donation on Saturday.  As we head into Holy Week and celebrate the new hope that Easter brings, we are so thankful to be part of, and located at the heart of, such a caring and generous local community in Crosspool.  Such a blessing.