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Lincoln coronavirus heroes help the vulnerable

A number of groups have been set up

Communities in Lincoln are pulling together to offer help to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, especially the vulnerable and over 70.

You can join the Coronavirus in Lincoln Facebook group for the latest local news updates and information for local people, as well as alerts, appeals and advice. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson held the first of his daily coronavirus press conferences in Monday, where he advised people with symptoms such a persistent cough or fever to stay at home for 14 days.

People were also urged to stop non-essential contact with others and stop travelling, as well as avoiding pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues, including sports gatherings.

This applies particularly for people over 70, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions.

By the weekend those most at risk could be shielded from contact for up to 12 weeks.

In addition to the hundreds of health workers providing care on the frontline in Lincolnshire, various community groups in Lincoln have also been created to try and lend a helping hand to the cause.

Coronavirus Support Group Lincoln UK

A group for Lincoln residents looking to help each other out during the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be looking to help people access food and complete errands, particularly for those who are elderly, disabled and/or immunocompromised.

Sally Rouse posted this photo of “granny and grandad visiting us in isolation”.

Corona Virus Self Isolation Volunteers

A large community response of volunteers has come together in Lincoln to help elderly and vulnerable people who have to self isolate due to the coronavirus.

This will include collecting essential medication/prescription and basic shopping needs.

The service will be an on-call system and people will be contacted by a coordinator from the contact number you provide. It is a free service and payment must not be asked for.

Local residents have been using an online application called ‘Nextdoor’ to comply a list of local volunteers.

Help Those In Isolation, Lincoln

A group for anyone self-isolating who needs help or something picking up.

People are urged to ask in the group and someone will try and help. It is also advised to let yourself be known and your availability if you can help.

Food delivery

Giovanni Carchedi, owner of Bar Unico, is launching a free home delivery service with a minimum order vale of £10. This is for people living or working within a seven mile radius of Lincoln between 10am-4pm and will start on Wednesday.

Salted Orange Food Co will deliver meals directly to the doors of people aged over 65, in an attempt to keep them isolated and safe from contracting the coronavirus.

It is offering three meals a day for just £20 a week with this not-for-profit service, aiming to combat the recent supermarket stockpiling frenzy. The service will begin from Wednesday, March 18.

Imperial Teas is offering free delivery to all LN postcodes. Orders can be placed online here or via phone on 01522 560008.

Simpsons Butchers is providing a local delivery service. Payment over the phone can be made with goods delivered to doorstops to protect the vulnerable. Orders can be placed online here or by contacting the Heckington store on  01529 460403.

Veg-out Lincoln said if local school closures it will try help by providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch for £2.50 per child per day. It said it will not be making a profit from the initiative as “sometimes it’s just right to do the right thing and support the local community – click here for more details.

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