Helping Hearts in The Broch

A Broch woman is reaching out to the elderly population of Fraserburgh to help them during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:16 am
Stephanie Stephen (L) who set up Helping Hearts Fraserburgh
Stephanie Stephen (L) who set up Helping Hearts Fraserburgh

Stephanie Stephen, a support worker and single mum of two children has set up a website named Fraserburgh Community Heart.

She started this group after realising there might be a need for certain residents in her own community and surrounding villages who require help as the Coronavirus pandemic started to make an impact on day-to-day life.

Stephanie said: “I got the idea from my cousin Helen who started the page for Peterhead.

“She encouraged me to consider starting a page to help my own town.

“Our family have always been so involved in people’s lives. I felt compelled to do something so that the vulnerable, elderly and those in isolation had peace of mind that they were being thought of and urgent needs would be taken care of.

“The page was set up to reach the over 65s, those with poor health, disabilities and those that are vulnerable.

“I put together a list of volunteers who were prepared to help and then arranged drop-off points at businesses around Fraserburgh and surrounding towns.

“We did this so we could begin making care packages to hand out.

“We have had so many people help us from designing our logo to printing flyers to physically delivering the care packages, doing people’s shopping and picking up prescriptions.”

The service has since grown so much bigger than Stephanie ever imagined it would.

With an ever-increasing number of calls and messages she soon realised they needed more help as they were being swamped themselves in trying to keep up with demand.

And that’s where Brian Topping of the Safety Group and John Anderson of the Resilience Group stepped in.

They have both continued to support the group by handling volunteers and managing incoming calls.

Stephanie continued: “We have had an amazing response from businesses and organisations willing to help and support Fraserburgh Community Heart.

“ I am overwhelmed by the generous hearts of people here in Fraserburgh and how willing so many are to reach out and help in a time of need.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and volunteered and helped get this off the ground.

“I am so proud to be a Brocher.”

If you or someone you know needs a care pack you can phone us on 07731908164 or 07961148665.

Phone lines are open from 10am and CLOSE at 5pm Monday - Friday.

For all enquiries eg donations, prescription collections etc, please contact Stephanie via Facebook or on 07428181052. 10am-5pm Monday - Friday.