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Mum and friends set up Facebook groups in Bourne and Deepings to advise on grocery buying

A mum-of-six and her pals have started Facebook groups to help people swap tips and locate items that are tough to find in the shops.

Kezi Carter has linked up with Lea and Anthea Prentice and Liam Roberts to offer the service and keep people connected and supported in Bourne and the Deepings.

They had also been encouraging people to donate items to be delivered to hospitals and fire stations - but the nationwide lockdown announced on Monday has stopped that.

Panic-buying has caused empty supermarket shelves
Panic-buying has caused empty supermarket shelves

The group was inspired to act after watching the viral video of a critical care nurse who broke down when she couldn’t find basic items in her supermarket after a shift due to people panic-buying.

“The group was set up so we could help people find stuff and it kind of progressed from there,” said Kezi.

“When we saw the video of the nurse we were all in tears and knew we had to do something to help.”

People and businesses, including the Red Lion pub in West Deeping and Sam’s convenience store in Bourne, then donated products which were delivered to the likes of Peterborough City Hospital and Care Centre.

With the lockdown now in place though, Kezi said the focus is more on being an online forum for people to advise and support each other - for example with simple recipe ideas.

The Facebook groups they run are Bourne Grocery Gifting Group and Deepings Grocery Help, as well as offering help through handyman services page Helping Hands Bourne.

“These are scary times and we all need to be there for each other and support each other,” added Kezi.

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