A Hartlepool community project has launched an appeal for volunteers to help deliver supplies to the town’s most vulnerable and elderly people.
The support will be available for those who have to self-isolate due to the coronavirus.
The Poolie Time Exchange which operates from the Burbank Community Centre, is looking for people to take food and medicine to their front doors of the over 70s who are expected to be asked to stay at home for up to 12 weeks.
The appeal was launched after the Government announced plans to spread the disease among the most at risk.
So far the programme has seen 70 volunteers sign up to the project in one weekend along.
Ian Cawley, manager of the Burbank Community Centre and one of the project leads, said: “We put a call out two days ago and the response has just been unbelievable.
“Anyone who is vulnerable or elderly will be able to access this service. We just want to be ready as a town so want to try to put something in place to support people in their homes who can’t get out.
“We are making preparations for hundreds or thousands of people which is why we want so many volunteers.”
The appeal is also being led by councillors Dave Hunter, Amy Prince and Taxi Driver Stephen Picton.
The project also needs donations of non-perishable foods, toilet roll money and support from other councillors and local business.
LilyAnne’s Coffee Bar in the centre of Hartlepool town centre has already set up a collection station to support the appeal.