Grangemouth taxi firm delivering free afternoon tea and flowers to elderly

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A taxi firm is dropping off free afternoon tea boxes and floral displays to brighten up elderly customers’ days during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Aware that many of its regulars are isolating at home, Kerse Cabs in Grangemouth wanted to give those individuals a metaphorical lift.

The company then contacted fellow Dundas Street businesses Nellies Cafe and Poppy’s and Petals to request products, with drivers putting their hands into their own pockets to cover the costs.

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In further gestures of goodwill, Nellies are giving Kerse Cabs a £1-per-box discount for their £5 afternoon tea sets, while Poppy’s is donating its display boxes for free.

Teresa McCallum and Gordon Waddell of Kerse Cabs deliver a floral display to Grangemouth resident Isabel Forster. Picture: Michael Gillen.Teresa McCallum and Gordon Waddell of Kerse Cabs deliver a floral display to Grangemouth resident Isabel Forster. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Teresa McCallum and Gordon Waddell of Kerse Cabs deliver a floral display to Grangemouth resident Isabel Forster. Picture: Michael Gillen. | JPIMedia

Kerse Cabs vehicles will stop off at dozens of homes this week to hand over the gifts.

Gordon Waddell, the firm’s managing director, said: “We’ve got a lot of elderly customers who we used to get going up to the bingo and The Royal British Legion.

“They’ve been in lockdown for quite a while and we just decided to try to put a wee smile on their faces in these hard times to show we’re still here for them.

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“These are tough times for everybody — people can’t see their parents. We’re planning on distributing roughly 72 tea boxes and 72 flower displays.

Kerse Cabs office manageres, Teresa McCallum, and managing director, Gordon Waddell. Picture: Michael Gillen.Kerse Cabs office manageres, Teresa McCallum, and managing director, Gordon Waddell. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Kerse Cabs office manageres, Teresa McCallum, and managing director, Gordon Waddell. Picture: Michael Gillen. | JPIMedia

“All the drivers have chipped in, it’s not just the company itself. It’s to show our appreciation.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to see the customers’ faces, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Kerse Cabs is continuing to provide the elderly with free transport to Iceland in Grangemouth on Wednesday mornings between 10am and midday.

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The firm is also offering a 30 to 40 per cent deduction in fares for key workers on journeys to and from their place of work.

Gordon added: “We’re also in partnership with Kersiebank Food Project and The Royal British Legion and do collections and deliveries for them.

“It gives us something to do and it helps all these other projects.

“Thank you to our customers for all your support over the years, it’s much appreciated. We’re here for you no matter what your needs are.”