Coronavirus support group set up by Prestonians attracts 7,000 members in two days

Posted on - 18th March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Health, People, Preston News
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson helped set up the support group

A Coronavirus support group for the North West has attracted more than 7,000 members in just over two days.


The Facebook group was created by a group of Prestonians who wanted to help people who are struggling during this difficult time.

The group’s description states it is a place to share news, advice and updates on coronavirus:

“Feel free to ask any questions, give any advice or share any links that may be useful to others. We will provide updates on schools, work places and other local information. During this pandemic situation please help support local businesses at this time of need. Local businesses will be hit hard, let’s stick together and help each other out.”

Posts range from quarantined mothers asking if anyone can take nappies to them, to shop announcements about opening hours for the elderly, to teachers offering to help parents understand home schooling.

Coronavirus North West Support Group on Facebook
The group has over 7,000 members so far

One of the group admins, Mark Wilson, said: “Our aim is to connect communities and help those in need during the outbreak.

“We are getting flooded with people posting on the group, so much so we are having to prioritise which posts we approve.

“However the more people we can reach, the better we can help and support the vulnerable.”

For more information or to get involved, join the Coronavirus North West Support Group (Covid-19 2020).

Read more: How the Banana King is helping Preston’s homeless and elderly during the coronavirus crisis

What do you think of the support group? Will you be joining? Let us know in the comments.

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