Community rallies to support vulnerable as virus spreads

AM Transport is one of the companies going the extra mile for Kintyre's vulnerable residents.
AM Transport is one of the companies going the extra mile for Kintyre's vulnerable residents.

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The Kintyre community has pulled together to ensure the area’s vulnerable citizens are taken care of during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Many businesses, charities and individuals have come forward, offering their services to the people told to self-isolate as they are likely to suffer the worst if they contract the virus – people aged over 70, people with specific underlying health conditions, or people who are pregnant.

Here are some of the businesses who are going to extra mile to help out. If your business has been missed, please let us know and we will include further details next week.

AM Transport

With those in self-isolation likely to struggle to get to shops, local courier AM Transport has offered to help. The company is offering its services – for free – to anyone who needs help in the Argyll area.

A spokesperson said: ‘We can collect and deliver your shopping order to your home, and if there are other issues you may be facing, we will do our best to offer help where we can.’

Call the company’s head office on 01586 554270, or for out of hours requests, director Ewan McIlroy can be contacted by phoning 07717 817395.

Kintyre Shoe Company

The owners of Kintyre Shoe Company have said that although their business would not be deemed as ‘essential’, they are happy to home deliver any slippers or shoes that customers may require.

They can be contacted by telephoning 01586 552644.

The Kintyre Larder

The Kintyre Larder is now taking orders and payments by telephone and Facebook and will deliver for free to the elderly and those self-isolating. Staff are also happy to serve from the door of the shop, if people would prefer.

There is also hand sanitiser available for customer use in the shop, and surfaces and handles are regularly being sanitised.

The Larder said that it will try to accommodate customers’ needs to help everyone keep stocked up, adding that deliveries are arriving throughout the week.

The Larder can be contacted by phoning 07725994521.

The Original Factory Shop, Campbeltown

As of Wednesday March 18, The Original Factory Shop started a ‘golden hour’ across its UK stores, which means that one hour each day – from 8.30am to 9.30am – older shoppers will be given exclusive access to pick up supplies.

Campbeltown Co-op

On Monday, Campbeltown’s Co-op supermarket announced that elderly or vulnerable customers would be able to phone the store and provide a shopping list. Staff will then select the items from their order and deliver it to their homes via the supermarket’s home delivery service.

The store can be contacted by phoning 01586 554504.

Campbeltown Free Church

Campbeltown Free Church would like to offer practical assistance, for example with shopping. Realising that some may feel isolated, anxious and afraid, the church is also offering to talk and pray over the telephone with anyone who would appreciate this support. Please telephone Rodger and Joan Crooks on 01586 554588 or Calum and Liz Ferguson on 01586 301016.

Salvation Army

Although all its services and group meetings are currently cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Salvation Army has said that it it can be of any assistance to anyone during this time, they are welcome to call 01586 552046.