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Alfie told 'we love you' after setting up pantry

Hundreds of pounds have so far been raised to help a 13 year old who opened a 'pantry' to save elderly people having to go shopping during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Alfie Dean came up with the idea of 'The Babbacombe Pantry', opposite the Dog and Duck Pub, while thinking about ideas to care for his grandparents who are staying indoors.

Alfie says there has been an 'amazing reaction' and one person even shouted "I love you" through his door to show appreciation.

A crowdfunding page to keep the service going can be found here

Aflie said: "How this works is that people who are in need and vulnerable and can't get to the shops - or don't want to put themselves at risk  - they can come to our pantry and take the everyday essentials that they need to help themselves during this outbreak.

"I wanted to do something that would help the big elderly community in Babbacombe through this outbreak, so I decided to set up this pantry to ease the process of going shopping and to limit their social contact with others in supermarkets.

"So far we've had a really good reaction from people. Lots of people being grateful.

"We even had one man shout through our door saying he 'loved us' and we've had many donations of non-perishable items and perishable items to help keep our pantry going."

The crowd-funding campaign will help to pay for fresh bread, milk and eggs every morning, as well as other items.

  • For more about the crowdfunding campaign click here
  • For more about The Babbacombe Pantry click here

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