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How these family-run Preston businesses are helping people affected by coronavirus

Posted on - 21st March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston News
Plumbs factory in Ashton
Staff at Plumbs will be lending a friendly ear Pic: Tony Worrall

Two Preston businesses are running new free initiatives to help vulnerable and isolated people affected by coronavirus.

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Furniture company Plumbs, which is in its 60th year, is offering telephone support, while employees of hoteliers Walker and Williams will be running errands for those in need.

Plumbs call centre staff will be available to chat with members of the local community who may feel isolated or anxious during these uncertain times.

While the staff won’t be able to offer medical advice, they will be able to have a natter about the weather or their latest favourite boxset, or share a walk down memory lane.

Sarah Page, managing director, said: ‘Over the last 60 years, Lancashire has been home to our family and our business and, in challenging times such as these, it’s time for us to support the community in return.

“We will do our best to provide upbeat conversation, serving as a bridge to the outside world for those who may not have anyone else at this time.”

To get in touch with Plumbs, call 01772 901513 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday. Opening hours may change, so check the Plumbs website for the latest information.

Read more: Age Concern’s Coronavirus helpline is there to support older people in need

Meanwhile Walker and Williams is looking to provide free practical support to the community.

Ross and Richard from Walker and Williams
Ross and Richard are part of the team who will be helping isolated people

Owner Max Walker said: “Walker and Williams is a family and as such we stick together in good times and bad. No matter how long this goes on for, we are not willing to let a single member of our team go.

“This coupled with the fact that the hotels are currently quieter than usual means our team have some time on their hands.

“We’d therefore like to make everyone in Preston aware that if they, or a loved one, is isolating and needs any help, they can call and we’ll do everything we can.

“From picking up and delivering groceries to collecting medicine, or checking on an elderly or vulnerable relative – for anything anyone needs in these tough times, the entire Walker and Williams team is here for them.”

To access help from Walker and Williams call 0800 246 1010.

Read more: Food charity appealing for donations to help vulnerable groups forced to self-isolate

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What do you think of these offers of help? Let us know in the comments.

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