Coronavirus - Thousands of Harrogate residents offer help to those self-isolating

Thousands of Harrogate residents are stepping up to offer help to those who are self-isolating at home due to coronavirus.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 11:00 am

A new Facebook group, Covid Co-Operation, Harrogate, launched just two days ago, and already has more than 3,300 members, with scores of residents offering to collect groceries and lend a helping hand to those who need it, including the elderly and most vulnerable members of the town's population.

Susie Little who set up the group, said: "I’m setting this group up to bring together people who need help, and people who can help, during this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.

"If you are well (ONLY if you are well) and are able to run errands for people who aren’t, please write a new post saying whereabouts in Harrogate you are (roughly).

A new Facebook group,Covid Co-Operation, Harrogate, launched just two days ago, and already has more than 3,300 members, with scores of residents offering to buy groceries and lend a helping hand to those who need it,

"If you are elderly, vulnerable or ill, please message me directly, and I will match you with someone close to you who can potentially help. Any shopping will be delivered to doorsteps - no actual contact will be made.

"I’m in Birstwith, but regularly drive into Harrogate town centre - let me know if anyone on the north side of Harrogate needs anything.

"We all need to pull together and help each other out - please join the group and share, and let’s make people’s lives a little bit easier and less worrying."

The response has been overwhelming, and the group has created a strong sense of community and friendship during what many have described as an extremely worrying and isolating time.