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Merseyside couple turn pub into community hub to feed elderly and vulnerable

Adam and Sue Franklin have turned their pub into a community hub to help those who are isolating. Credit: Melling Community Volunteers

A Merseyside pub has been turned into a community hub to feed the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sue and Adam Franklin, who are landlords of the Horse and Jockey in Melling, decided to use their facilities to provide meals for those isolated and in need of food and supplies.

The couple shut their doors three days before the government-ordered closures and Adam, who is a former military chef, and his brother started prepping hot meals to be delivered to people free of charge

However, Adam was then forced to be shielded, due to a former medical condition and so the pub turned to the community for people to help deliver the meals.

Sue and Adam have said that people throughout the community have been volunteering. Credit: Melling Community Volunteers

The couple said that the response has been "remarkable" with a team of volunteers now holding nightly virtual meetings, delivering meals and crowdfunding to raise money for food and supplies.

The pub has also teamed up with volunteers from the parish council and local taxi drivers.

Sue said: "The number of people needing us and the radius that our volunteer group covers is growing each day as local authorities do not have the systems in place or capacity to help.

"They now are phoning us asking to help people until they can.

"These people include Covid-19 sufferers and their families, isolated, vulnerable, ill and elderly people, people who have carers and home helps and families that are destitute until universal credit comes through.

“We are using our own stock at the pub but are starting to run low.”

You can help the Melling Community Volunteers by visiting their crowdfunding page.

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