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Coronavirus: Cornish pub helps the elderly and vulnerable

Coronavirus: Cornish pub helps the elderly and vulnerable

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:58am 18th March 2020.

A pub near Truro is helping its local community by delivering hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people.

The Old Plough, in Shortlanesend, is helping those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

The team are happy to personally deliver food every evening to those who need it.

Speaking to Pirate FM, owner Mark Harry said it is the least they can do to help those who are isolated in the village.

"I think it's important, we've got quite a few elderly and vulnerable people within the village itself, and I think we should all pull together and try to help everyone in the community.

"Some of the elderly and disabled people might not necessarily be able to cook for themselves, so offering them a hot meal once a day in my mind is the least we can do.

"At the moment we don't know what the government are going to recommend, we might have to shut, but hopefully we can still do the takeaway deliveries and take them out to people.

"It's just doing that little bit that can hopefully keep the business up and running for as long as we can.

"I think that's the benefit of living somewhere like Cornwall, especially Shortlanesend, there is such a community feel, bringing it all together and helping each other out as much as possible is brilliant."

Mark Harry, The Old Plough

There is a special menu of items they can deliver, a copy of this menu is available via email, private message or by going into the pub.

There will be no delivery charge and they can accept payments over the phone.

Anyone in Shortlanesend who needs help can call the pub on 01872 273001 for more details.

It comes as the government has announced that pubs and restaurants are being allowed to become takeaways to help provide food for people in self-isolation.

But many fear for their future amid the advice for people to avoid social gatherings.

On Tuesday, the UK's pub industry warned it could 'be lost within days' without government action.

John Hooker runs The Cornish Arms in Tavistock. Speaking to ITV News West Country, he said they won't give up:

"Ten days ago we were trading as normal, then it was okay up until Monday's announcements from Boris and now it's like a ghost town in here.

"We've got to survive this, some people might not survive it, we might not survive it, but we're going to work our god damn hardest.

"I've fought for this business for the past seven years to make it what it is, it's tough times, it's tough."

John Hooker, The Cornish Arms

You can find all the latest updates in Pirate FM's Coronavirus Super Blog here.

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