We’re living through a totally unprecedented and scary time across the whole world right now, but one very important thing to remember is that we’re all in this together. One woman in particular has kept this in mind and has come up with an ingenious way to help the elderly and people in need during this difficult time.
After feeling pretty helpless after watching the news each night, Becky Wass from Cornwall decided she wanted to do something to help her neighbours and those more in need than herself. So, she decided to create a postcard that she could pop through her neighbours’ doors offering her help. Her ‘services’ range from a friendly phone call to picking up shopping, posting mail or providing urgent supplies.
Becky told the BBC: ‘Because fear has spread so quickly, it’s really important to try to spread kindness.’
Not content with just helping her own neighbours, however, Becky posted a link on social media to a downloadable pdf of her postcard so that others can print it out and use it too.
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‘I do think in times like this everybody wants to do something to help, and this postcard just makes that a little bit easier,’ Becky explained.
As the government has announced that a compulsory isolation period for the over-70s is very likely to be introduced soon, it’s more important than ever that we look out for our elderly neighbours or indeed anyone who may struggle to get out of the house, whether that’s because they have young children at home or they’re disabled.
And people have responded to the idea in their droves – so far Becky’s original Facebook post has received over eight thousand shares and one thousand comments. ‘I’ve been blown away by the response to the #viralkindness postcard and all the positivity! The world is a wonderful place sometimes,’ Becky said in a further Facebook post.
The postcard encourages people to reach out and get the help they need without increasing their risk of catching or spreading the virus further.
A helpful note on the bottom of the card reinforces the general precautionary advice, such as washing hands and keeping your physical distance from others, and encourages people to leave items on the doorstep for the recipient to collect at their convenience.