Wigan charity racks up 1,000 shopping trips to help older people in lockdown

Age UK Wigan Borough reached the milestone figure in the ninth week of major restrictions on leaving the house.
Age UK Wigan Borough chief officer John McArdleAge UK Wigan Borough chief officer John McArdle
Age UK Wigan Borough chief officer John McArdle

The charity swung into action to make sure those at higher risk of catching the coronavirus were able to remain at home while still having everything they required during the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, with shielding only just beginning to be relaxed for the most vulnerable Age UK Wigan Borough says its work is far from done during the public health emergency.

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John McArdle, the charity’s chief officer, said: “It is an amazing achievement and is due to the hard work and commitment of the staff and volunteers we have.

“I know the advice is changing but we need to remember that there are still people being shielded at home who need help, support and someone to talk to.

“We are continuing to keep working flat out to make sure everyone has somewhere to turn when they need help.”

Age UK Wigan Borough staff and helpers have become familiar faces at supermarkets across Wigan, Leigh and Atherton during the pandemic.

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The charity said that by the end of May 1,127 shopping trips had been undertaken, as well as more than 50 journeys to pick up medicines and prescriptions.

Mr McArdle said: “If anyone needs help I would urge them to still get in touch with us. This situation is going to be with us for some time and we are going to continue to be here to help.”

The Wigan Observer is also doing its bit to support older residents by teaming up with ge UK Wigan Borough for the Lockdown Film Stars campaign.

Senior citizens are being invited to film short clips of around 30 seconds or so explaining ways they have been passing the time while they have been at home.

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Age UK Wigan Borough offers emergency and regular shopping, prescription collection, food packs and check n’ chat calls.

For help contact the charity on 01942 241972, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.30pm, or find out more at www.ageuk.org.uk/wiganborough/

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