Above: The Stephenson family. Photo credit BN5 Magazine

Having designed and equipped the Henfield Helpline, Digby then worked tirelessly five days a week throughout lockdown at the Henfield Haven to help co-ordinate our volunteers to deliver shopping and medicines to residents who were shielding. I was delighted when Digby called to say he had received a High Sheriff Special Recognition Volunteer Award in the post.

Digby said:

“2020 will be remembered by all of us as a very unusual and challenging year. For me, helping to organise and operate the Henfield Helpline at the Haven, together with Belinda Samrah, was a very rewarding experience and saw our wonderful community spring into action willingly and most effectively… This award is therefore hugely deserved, but not by me. It is for everyone who played their part in a difficult, and certainly memorable, year.”

As well as thanking Digby we should also thank Belinda Samrah and Lorette Mackie who worked alongside Digby, as well as all of the volunteers who delivered medicines, food and moral support to our community through a particularly difficult period. Thank you to everyone for working together to keep us safe.

Malcolm Eastwood