Getting through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic was a joint effort that required community spirit and all hands on deck.

Residents turned their hand to providing for elderly neighbours, community groups set about mobilising to help deliver shopping and medication and businesses switched up production to provide urgently needed equipment, sanitiser or PPE.

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Here are just some of the amazing organisations that helped out their communities at a time of need:

The Risborough Basket - a joint effort between Princes Risborough Town Council, the Active Community Bus and local volunteers to deliver groceries and other essential items to residents.

Meals from Marlow - local celeb Tom Kerridge, along with volunteers, businesses and Marlow Town Council delivered thousands of free meals to NHS staff and those most in need around Marlow.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace - the Sands company usually makes aircraft seat covers for airlines like British Airways, but workers put aside usual production to make more than 5,000 scrubs and gowns for the NHS.

Griffiths Brothers gin distillery - the Amersham family-run gin distillery turned its hand to producing sanitiser for GP surgeries, the NHS and frontline services.

Bucks New University - the High Wycombe university offered out its nursing simulation labs and meeting rooms to help relieve pressure on hospitals in the area. It also donated 13,500 items of PPE to the NHS – including face masks, visors, gowns, aprons and surgical gloves.

Downley Covid-19 Group - volunteers organised street reps on all roads in the parish, setting up a home delivery service from local shops and a pharmacy collection and delivery scheme.

Bourne End and Wooburn Green SOS - a group of volunteers who supported the communities within the two villages with prescription and shopping deliveries for the elderly and those shielding.

High Wycombe Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group - more than 300 volunteers signed up to help at the height of the pandemic, delivering shopping, fetching prescriptions and reaching out with phone calls.

Pipers Corner Girls School - the Great Kingshill school was recognised as a PPE manufacturing and distribution hub after Andrea Duncan, the school’s theatre manager, made more than 2,200 face shields using laminating machines.