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Coronavirus: Spalding volunteers will help people struggling with shopping or self-isolating

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A new Facebook group has been set up with volunteers and businesses ready to deliver essentials to Spalding people who are either struggling with shopping or self-isolating at home.

Spalding COVID Kindness Team was set up by mum-of-two Keira Williamson (26), a part-time pharmacy assistant at Sainsbury's, after she watched an elderly man struggling to find the things he needed after panic-buyers all but stripped the shelves.

"There's just so many people out there willing to help and give their time," said Keira. "This was just to set up a central hub for it."

Mum Keira Williamson is counting on kindness to see us through Coronavirus (31722871)
Mum Keira Williamson is counting on kindness to see us through Coronavirus (31722871)

The Government could ask the over 70s to self-isolate within weeks but Keira is concerned about the elderly who are already finding it tough to do their shopping.

She decided to act after watching a man of about 90 in Sainsbury's on Saturday night.

Keira said: "He was struggling to get his food supplies because there was nothing on the shelves. I thought there's got to be a way you can bypass them coming to the shops."

Her uncle lives in Italy, one of the countries worst hit by Coronavirus, and he says "human compassion" has been the one shining light in the crisis.

Keira said: "Human compassion - kindness - is the most important thing and that's what people need to focus on, not fear because it just gets in the way."

Within 24 hours of setting up Spalding COVID Kindness Team, the site gained 200 followers, 10 volunteers and businesses Fenland Fruit and Veg, A Country Kitchen and Be Bright Pre-School stepped forward.

Keira said Fenland Fruit and Veg are offering to deliver to homes and widen the range to include bread and eggs.

A Country Kitchen will deliver hot meals and the pre-school is saying "let us know if you need help".

Keira hopes the formation of the Spalding group will inspire others to set up groups in towns and villages across South Holland.

As well as helping with shopping, the group will be there to guard against loneliness - by offering a friendly phone call - and with things like posting letters and delivering urgent supplies.

As well as working part-time at the pharmacy, Keira has her own hypnobirthing business - The Zen Mama Company, based at The Holistic Hub, in Broad Street, Spalding.

* Elderly or vulnerable people in Spalding who have no access to social media can contact Spalding COVID Kindness Team on 07415 374095.

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