Teesside-based family owned furniture retailer, Barker and Stonehouse, is helping other local independent businesses keep their companies going.
The Barker and Stonehouse vans, and volunteer drivers from its workforce, have been supporting family-owned Coopers Chemists in delivering prescriptions across Teesside.
The independent pharmacy, which has branches across Redcar, Great Ayton and Marske, has seen a huge demand for home delivery prescriptions since social distancing was implemented.
With so many elderly and vulnerable people in vital need of medicines, help was needed to deliver them to their doors.
Spotting the chance to lend a hand, the team at Barker and Stonehouse stepped in and have been working with Coopers to distribute prescriptions to household across the region for the last few weeks.
James Barker, managing director at Barker and Stonehouse, said: “As a Teesside business with roots in the region going back over seventy years, we’re glad to serve our local community.
“When the coronavirus crisis hit and lockdown restrictions were put in place, we wanted to do our bit to support other businesses on Teesside.”
Additionally, Chadwick & Co, the popular coffee shop and café based in Barker and Stonehouse’s Teesside Park store, is offering delivery to local customers.
With the store closed under lockdown restrictions, the café was inundated with requests from customers missing their range of homemade food, all of which is cooked on-site.
Orders have been coming in thick and fast, and as a result Barker and Stonehouse has offered Chadwick & Co the use of its vans to make its deliveries.
As a result, Chadwick & Co have begun taking orders, with a high number of those from regular customers who live alone or are elderly.
The delivery service has proved popular, with their freezer-ready meal packs a hit with older customers.
Chadwick & Co have also recently begun delivering meals to staff at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and to Darlington Memorial hospital, to support NHS workers.
Daryl Chadwick, owner of Chadwick & Co, said: “We’re used to seeing familiar faces from our regulars six days a week, so it was a shame when we had to close our doors to customers.
“However, with our delivery service now up and running and our vehicle delivering meals straight from our café kitchen, we’ve had fantastic feedback from customers enjoying our menu from the comfort of their own homes.”