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Coronavirus Kent: Farley's Furniture in Thanet delivering shopping for people in self isolation

A furniture business in Kent is offering to purchase and deliver shopping for people in self isolation from coronavirus.

Farley's, which has been in Thanet since 1928, wants to give something back to the community that has supported it throughout the years.

The company are offering shopping help in the area
The company are offering shopping help in the area

Claire Bain, shop manager for the company, said: "We've been here for 92 years and obviously the local community is the reason, so why not do something to help them?

"Our delivery drivers aren't as busy as they normally are, because we often do roadshows and things in old people's homes and we can't do those right now.

"If anyone contacts us, if they need anything, we'll get it for them and deliver it."

The business wants to support anyone in need living in Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Westgate, Birchington and Sandwich.

The company will be using its two delivery drivers and two vans to purchase and deliver shopping to residents in need across the area.

Shoppers across the county are reporting empty shelves in supermarkets. Pic: Vikki Lince.
Shoppers across the county are reporting empty shelves in supermarkets. Pic: Vikki Lince.

So far two elderly people have taken Farley's up on their offer, and are hoping many more will follow.

The business said people who want to use the service can pay them for the shopping in cash on delivery or by bank transfer.

Claire said many of their customers are in the 70+ age bracket, who have been advised to stay inside as they are more at risk if they contract Covid-19.

She added: "We're just trying to make people feel better really."

Despite goodwill spirits running high, the business, like many others, is still in the dark about what the near future holds.

"We're just trying to make people feel better really..."

Claire said: "We don't know whether we're still going to get goods for the next couple of weeks, we don't really know where we stand.

"A lot of suppliers have sent emails saying that everything is running as normal, but that's going to change daily isn't it."

Currently the company is also continuing to fit bathrooms, kitchens and carpets in people's homes, but they say that could change any time from now.

Farley's joins many others across the county who are trying to alleviate the difficulties of self-isolation, like this group in Medway who are delivering essential items to those in need.

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