Eastbourne Lib Dems scoop national award for helping the vulnerable

key_halloffame.jpg#EBtogether, the Eastbourne and Willingdon Lib Dems' response to coronavirus, has won the award for being best telephone drive in the UK during the lockdown - and a place in the Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame.

The Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame initiative has been launched by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and Chair of the Liberal Democrat Coronavirus Community Taskforce.

As well as helping people with basic supplies, the EBtogether have been doing a range of work from sharing best practice and ideas to organising volunteers to call over 5,000 people across Eastbourne to offer assistance.

EBtogether Co-ordinator Josh Babarinde said:

“With the Coronavirus crisis leaving the most vulnerable in our town at risk, it is critical people receive the support they need. That’s why we've been working flat-out to ensure no one is left behind across Eastbourne.

“We're so proud to have won this national award for our work - but even prouder to have helped thousands of people facing hardship. We would encourage everyone to help in whatever way they can during this difficult time.”

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

“I have been amazed by the energy, commitment and creativity shown by members of the Lib Dem community during the crisis. I am so proud of people like the #EBtogether team who have worked tirelessly to help vulnerable residents and fight for the best possible support for people facing hardship.”

Chair of the Coronavirus Community Taskforce, Sir Stuart Etherington, said:

"It is critical that vulnerable people in our communities receive the support they need. It will be communities themselves that have to respond to take the pressure off our excellent but hard-pressed statutory services. I look forward to continuing to work with the #EBtogether team and others as we do out bit to slow the spread of coronavirus, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed and save thousands of lives.”

More information here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/community-champions-hall-of-fame

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