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Coronavirus: Edith Weston Village Store and Post Office in Rutland offers community help to anyone self-isolating




The owner of a village store has praised the community spirit as volunteers help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Helen Wood, who owns Edith Weston Village Store and Post Office along with her husband Andy, is coordinating a team of 10 volunteers to offer any kind of help to anyone who maybe self-isolating or confining in the village.

She said: “I think it’s amazing - it just shows how the community can pull together when they need to.

From left, Helen and Andy Bishop, owners of Edith Weston Village Store and Post Office, with manager Gemma Young
From left, Helen and Andy Bishop, owners of Edith Weston Village Store and Post Office, with manager Gemma Young

“Edith Weston is amazing - I've lived here for 18 years and the people really are one in a million.

“They will do whatever they can do to support people."

The volunteers will be offering to help by collecting and delivering shopping to doorsteps, posting letters or having a chat on the phone.

Retired GP Dr Hillary Fox has also offered her services to go and collect prescriptions from pharmacies twice a week.

Helen said she decided to set up the community help scheme as many of the villagers are in the age bracket most likely to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“A large proportion of the village are over 70 and we are the hub of the village," she added.

“Most people who come into the shop know myself and Andy as we have been here for seven years now.

“We are an important point of contact for people so we decided to offer the help to people who maybe self-isolating or those that choose to confine themselves because they fall in the 'at risk' category."

The shop are expecting more volunteers to help them and if you would like to offer your services, call 01780 722164.

Rutland Cakeaway is offering community help.

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