Alnwick delivery service which distributed nearly 1500 prescriptions during lockdown comes to an end

A prescriptions delivery service coordinated by Alnwick Town Council has ended.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 11:00 am

The Covid-19 support service, introduced at the start of lockdown, has provided support for shielding residents.

Mayor Lynda Wearn said: “We, as a town council, have delivered 1425 prescriptions since the end of March and that service will be ending on September 15.

"This will leave around 18 people who have been identified as needing on-going support and they have been split between a number of volunteers.”

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Some of the people who help the local community during lockdown in Alnwick.

She revealed there had been 1409 food parcels delivered from March until lockdown was eased.

"That’s about 1000 up on the figure from last year,” she said.

“NEED (North East Equality & Diversity) finished delivering on September 1 but Alnwick Food Bank is still making about 20 deliveries per week and there are 20 still collecting which is double what it was pre-Covid.”

Members agreed it would be premature to wind up the mutual aid group given the recent increase in coronavirus cases.

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