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Army of Plymouth volunteers providing a 'lifeline' by delivering shopping to elderly people in Covid-19 lockdown

An army of volunteers is providing a 'lifeline' to people who may be stuck indoors and unable to get their shopping during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Age UK in Plymouth is co-ordinating the project which sees people packing up essential grocery supplies, which are then delivered across the city to vulnerable or elderly people.

In the last week the charity has made up 151 food boxes; carried out 135 'shop and drops' around the city; and picked up more than 40 prescriptions.

Age UK Plymouth is co-ordinating a huge volunteer effort. Credit: ITV News

The majority of the people we deal with are elderly and they have to stay in, so they have lost the means to be able to get their shopping. A lot of them may live alone, they may not have any family, so they don't have those connections to be able to help them. So this is a lifeline for them really.

– Lynne Hodgson, Age UK Plymouth
Volunteers pack up the bags and delivery drivers head out across the city. Credit: ITV News

The calls we're getting are very humbling, people are saying they wouldn't have known what to do if we hadn't stepped in. So it's very much appreciated in the current climate.

We have partnered with other agencies across the city so we're all working as a team to help each other. So we can ramp this up if necessary.

– Lynne Hodgson, Age UK Plymouth