A PROJECT which was the brainchild of a Canvey youngster has helped countless members of the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bobby’s Big Heart has developed since Bobby Crabb first told his mum he wanted to help struggling families in 2017.

Great demand resulted in the initiative carrying on and showing support to the likes of the elderly and homeless.

Bobby is autistic and decided he wanted to help others during the festive period after being moved by a TV advert at the age of five.

Bobby’s mum, Yolanda, launched a Facebook group and rallied her family to bring a bit of joy to families going through hard times.

The group accepts donations and Echo reader Joanne Shepherd is among those to have paid tribute to Bobby’s Big Heart.

Joanne said: “Bobby’s Big Heart has come such a long way since it first got started.

“Yolanda has played such a key role in these tough times and made sure everyone has enough food. She has also helped women who have been involved in domestic situations to get to safety.

“I helped as she delivered so many presents and Christmas dinners to families over the Christmas period.


“She is amazing and has been a community hero for so long.”

Laura Burt also feels Yolanda and the Bobby’s Big Heart team deserve credit for how they have supported so many during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “The people that run the group are amazing.

“They all have full-time jobs but also find the time to deliver items to those in need.

“Nothing is ever too much for them and I don’t think I would have got through this hard time without them.”

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