Two businesses have joined forces to launch a coronavirus support group in order to help residents through the pandemic.
Mike Mulroy, who owns Collars & Cuffs Ironing, and Louise Wainscott, the owner of Royal Beds, both in Leek, decided to combine their efforts after each made offers of help on social media.
Now the pair are looking to provide assistance to those who are vulnerable, self-isolating or who are struggling to make it to shops early enough to take advantage of fully-stocked shelves.
Their co-ordinated approach, along with help from friends and family, will also see prescriptions and medication collected and even dog walking if needed.
Louise, from Waterhouses, said: “What we’re looking to do is set up the group in Leek and we’re aiming to help the elderly in and around this area and the surrounding villages.
“We understand how difficult it is something to get out and about, especially for the elderly.
“We’re also trying to help out the NHS key workers as well, who are working tirelessly for us at the moment, with groceries, shopping, prescriptions, walking the dog.
“Please get in touch with whatever you need, just ask us, we are happy to help.”
After posting about the support group on social media, the pair also received a number of offers of help from other members of the community.
“It’s times like these that a community can really come together and support each other” said Mike, of Leek.
“This situation affects everybody, you never know when you might need assistance so rather than just helping our family or elderly relatives, we are offering the same help to anybody in Leek and the surrounding area.
“We do make sure that we take precautions so that we are not getting too close to anybody who may be vulnerable as well as washing our hands regularly and using sanitiser.
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“If anyone would like to help out as well and has a spare hour here and there, again give us a call and come and join us.”
People can get in touch via social media on Facebook or Twitter, or through the links on community platforms such as LeekTV, or they can call 07486 517 358 or 07508 447 711.
The pair would also like to hear from anybody who is able to give an hour or two to help out to get in touch with them so that they can co-ordinate support across the town and local area.