Teaming up to help vulnerable people - The Worcester Observer

Teaming up to help vulnerable people

Worcester Editorial 7th May, 2020   0

A VINTAGE shop in the Hopmarket has teamed up with a local appeal to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Make N Mend – which provides sewing services, upholstery, industrial lighting, recycled furniture as well as vintage and retro goods – has joined Plate One Up and Pass it On (Worcestershire).

Owner Caroline Wickham, decided to support project from her shop after she saw an appeal on Facebook earlier this month, calling for donations of materials such as fabric and cotton.

“As with so many businesses and individuals at this time, I am keen to put my services to good use, following the temporary closure of my shop,” she said.

“When I saw the appeal on Facebook for sewing donations, I knew this was something I could instantly help with.

Since then I have been supplying fabric, elastic, cotton and cord to an army of sewers who have been making scrubs, kit bags, face masks and face covers for so many of our frontline carers.

Plate One Up and Pass it On (Worcestershire) was set up by Lyndsey Cox and Toby Stringer with an aim to help elderly and vulnerable people in the county who may be struggling to buy essential foodstuffs. The group encourages local people to supply a meal to someone in need where possible.

Since then the group has grown to almost 3,200 members with services developing to include making much needed supplies for those in caring and medical roles.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and selflessness of people like Caroline who continue to come together to help people throughout the county,” Mr Stringer said.

Bill Simpson, trustee at The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said: “During this pandemic, we have seen so many of the city’s Hopmarket businesses go above and beyond in helping to serve their local community.

“Caroline has used her business skills to provide much needed help to our busy caring professionals. We are all very humbled by such a wonderful gesture.”

The Hopmarket has been a place to do business since 1731 where dealers came to trade hops. In the early 1900s the site was replaced with the current building to become a hotel and bank before being converted to a thriving shopping courtyard. Call Caroline on 01905 942067 for more.


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