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Food Delivery Appeal Week One Update

Published on 03 April 2020 01:36 PM

Another 108 food bags have been distributed this week to older people who are isolating in Sheffield, thanks to the people who donated to Age UK Sheffield’s urgent fundraising appeal.

The deliveries have been made by a small army of volunteers who put their names forward to help the city’s older people in their hour of need, including Phil Ashford.

Phil had not previously volunteered for Age UK Sheffield, but got in touch following our appeal at the end of March.

He said: “I was at a bit of a loose end as I was about to start a new job when the coronavirus outbreak started. Because I’d got some time on my hands it seemed like a good idea to do what I could to help people who were left on their own.”

Phil spent two afternoons this week delivering food parcels, and says he has benefited personally from the experience: “It’s been good, it’s given me something to do, he said. “It’s been good to go out and speak to people, deliver their parcels and make sure they’re OK, whilst maintaining the social distancing.”

Age UK Sheffield have put a temporary hold on volunteer recruitment, having been inundated with offers of help in recent weeks which is incredible.

But the fundraising appeal to pay for the food being delivered is ongoing. You can donate now simply by clicking here.