Coronavirus: Washington Village Store offering delivery of essential supplies for elderly, vulnerable and self-isolated amid Covid-19 outbreak

A store is looking out for the community by offering to help those in need due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 1:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 4:04 pm

Washington Village Shop, in Village Lane, is offering to help the vulnerable, elderly and those who are self-isolating by delivering essential supplies straight to their doors.

Store owner Shakilah Ahmed said the idea came about due to area having an high population of over-70s, who are being encouraged to stay indoors and self-isolate to avoid the coronavirus disease.

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Owner of Washington Village store, Shakilah Ahmed

Mrs Ahmed, said: “At times like this we need to look out for each other. Washington Village has a lot of elderly people. So we need to make sure they are looked after, because after all they are what makes Washington Village.”

The store will also be taking orders over the phone and via their Facebook page to ensure everyone can get what they need should they be unable to find essential supplies anywhere else.

Mrs Ahmed added: “If any of our customers, friends or family need our help if they are self isolating, elderly or vulnerable please let us know. All our staff are here to help and we are taking all the necessary precautions.

“Currently, the store remains open as usual and are encouraging residents to shop sensibly and be considerate towards the needs of others, after stockpiling has left shelves across the country empty amid the panic of the outbreak.”

The news comes after supermarkets Sainsburys, Asda ,Tesco and Waitrose have introduced new rules limiting shoppers in an attempt to stop stockpiling.