Northumbria Police hails the overwhelming community spirit across the North East as a former Paralympic champion helps his home town

Northumbria Police have praised the efforts of communities across the North East as former British Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig MBE helps his home town of Jarrow.

By Ryan Smith
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 1:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 1:40 pm

Officers from Northumbria Police have praised the overwhelming spirit across the region as communities continue to look after each other during the lockdown.

The Primrose Community Association in Jarrow is one initiative that has captured the attention of police as volunteers have been offering a free delivery service.

Among the team is former British Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig MBE, who still lives in the town that he was born and raised.

PC Jason Sweeney and former Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig who is volunteering to deliver goods to those who need them most across Jarrow.

He, along with the army of volunteers now deliver food packages and shopping to who how need it.

The 23-year-old said: “It touches my heart to see the community pulling together. It’s a fantastic British trait, everyone mucking in and making sure we all get through these difficult and unprecedented times.

“The service is there for everyone in the community, it’s not just the elderly, it’s also for those who cannot leave their homes to go shopping due to medical advice or those in a 12-week lockdown.”

Neighbourhood officer PC Jason Sweeney works closely with the Primrose Community Association and admits the team have been “blown away” by the public’s response and togetherness.

He said: “I know just how vital the Primrose Community Association is within that area, and it’s wonderful to see a group of volunteers giving up their spare time in order to help those most in need.”You can contact the Primrose Community Association by calling 0191 424 9977.

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