A Moray home help business is offering its services for free – thanks to the outpouring of support from the local community.
Buckie Buddies offers cleaning services and runs errands in the Buckie, Portsoy, Cullen, Keith, Fochabers and Cullen.
It was launched by local woman Nicole Barrett, who felt that vulnerable people were being let down because of a gap in care for vulnerable people.
When coronavirus emerged in the UK, Ms Barrett decided to half the price of their usual delivery costs for shopping, prescriptions and other essential items.
But now, thanks to an “unprecedented” outpouring of support and offers from volunteers, she is now determined to help for free during the pandemic.
She said: “We’ve had a huge influx of people wanting to volunteer, and we’re making a contact list for people in the area.
“Our main clients are elderly, and they need our support, now more than ever.
“That’s why I want to make the service free.
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“These people are genuinely very important to me, and are doing a brave thing for everyone by self-isolating.”
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Meanwhile, Lossiemouth Community Council is encouraging people to check on their elderly neighbours.
Restaurants along the coast are also offering free deliveries for those who are self-isolating, with the team at The Bay in Spey Bay offering to go via the supermarket for “anything urgent.”