I found this lovely gesture card online which was created by Becky Waas to help those in need throughout the outbreak of Coronavirus. So, if you know someone who is self-isolating or potentially at risk, they may need your kindness throughout this period.
Although we currently have no confirmed cases in Rutland itself, we need to take this time to be responsible, self-isolate if needed and help those in need in our community.
This card can be printed and posted through your neighbour's door to let them know you can help out if needed with shopping (#ShopLocal), walking their dog or just a phone call for a chat! Simple kindness really could make all the difference.
Please continue to #ShopLocal throughout this period and support local businesses who could potentially be affected in upcoming weeks. Many local businesses are planning to make some changes in the coming weeks should a case be confirmed in Rutland so they can continue to stay open and serve our local community at this time with measures such as not accepting cash and only accepting card or contactless payment to avoid physical touching and many have already seriously upped their hygiene and service offering with extra and thorough care being taken to ensure they can keep their doors open and their customers and staff safe.
Please note: This section will continue to be updated as and when I hear about local businesses adapting their service, so save this page to your bookmarks so you can revisit and check for updates.
Businesses such as Kavanagh's Tea Room (Church Passage, Oakham) are offering a delivery service of hot meals, soups, breads and cakes - including Mother's Day Afternoon Tea with a card! - should you or someone know be self-isolating at this time.
Northfield Farm Shop & Butchery (Whissendine Lane, Cold Overton) are also offering FREE local delivery within 10 miles of Cold Overton to order over £40, so you can continue to #ShopLocal, support local business and receive fresh and quality produce to your door if you're unable to shop yourself during this period.
Rutland Foodbank is also in desperate need for your donations, so please donate what you can spare via the local donation points: All Saints Church, Church Street (Oakham), Co-op Supermarkets (Uppingham & Oakham), Uppingham School Sports Centre, Tesco (Oakham), Lidl (Oakham) and Briars Stores (Churchill Road, Oakham).
Don't Settle Petal (Mill St, Oakham) florists are offering FREE delivery within Rutland on Thursday's and Friday's.
Oakham Market posted on Facebook: 'be open as normal throughout this virus. The public are being advised to avoid supermarkets and crowds so the markets and other small businesses are a perfect place to shop. Extra preconditions have been taken in order to maintain standard."
Altered Images (Mill Street, Oakham) is offering a postal service on a selection of yarns so you can keep busy even if you're self-isolating. You can browse their selection of yarns available via their Instagram Stories/Highlights, so you can continue to #ShopLocal without having to leave your house.
Welland Vale Garden Inspirations (Uppingham) are encouraging customers to #ShopLocal and are now offering FREE local delivery within a 20 mile radius to orders over £25 with orders being taken via their website, Facebook, email, telephone and WhatsApp. Click here!
Rutland Travel (High St, Uppingham)* are available for travel advice and concerns if you've got a trip planned or need advice or help regarding insurance which covers the Coronavirus, even if you've booked elsewhere.
Thanks for reading,
Love Charlie x __________________________
Please note: If you are a local business and what to let Rutland Blog readers know about extra service options you're now providing due to the Coronavirus outbreak, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE shoutout so we can continue to keep our local community safe and continue to support local businesses throughout this period. #ShopLocal
*Businesses mentioned marks with a '*' are sponsor partners but work is not related to this particular post