Hundreds of Reading's Elderly Delivered Food and Medicine

News Article

08/01/2010

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Hundreds of elderly residents living at sheltered accommodation in Reading got food and medical supplies delivered to their door, thanks to Council officers.

Peter Goddard and Eric Hillier, both sheltered housing officers at the Council, couldn’t get to their usual place of work on Thursday (Jan 7th) due to the extreme weather conditions.

So instead, the pair decided to contact Council sheltered accommodation units around the borough to see if the elderly people who couldn’t get out, needed any food or medial prescriptions.

The officers called and visited sheltered accommodation units in Tilehurst, Caversham, Whitley, Dee Park, Oxford Road, Woodley and Caversham, before setting off to ASDA with their shopping list of essentials.

Reading Borough Council’s parks team also offered its services. Grounds officer Nathan Ward joined the pair at ASDA and ferried the sheltered housing officers around in his 4x4 vehicle delivering food and supplies to more than 300 pensioners.

If you are concerned about a vulnerable elderly relative or neighbour, call the Council’s response and assessment team on (0118) 955 3600.