Falkirk district man (83) seeking help to find 'essentials' amid coronavirus outbreak

A Falkirk district pensioner has made a plea for information as he fears becoming “isolated” from his community due to coronavirus.

By Jonathon Reilly
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 2:51 pm

The 83-year-old man, who wishes to remain anonymous, and his wife (82) are looking for help to find “essentials” like hand sanitizer and face masks.

Having encountered several difficulties when searching for items in supermarkets, the couple’s concerns began to grow.

The thought of either themselves or other elderly Falkirk district residents becoming “cut off” proved too much to bear.

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The idea that some may be left to fend for themselves led to the husband and wife duo contacting The Falkirk Herald as the impact of COVID-19 is felt across all of society.

The man said: “It can be very lonely and depressing being isolated or cut off from the community.

“I'd be interested to know if there are any voluntary groups currently operating in the Falkirk area that help old people.

“The difficulty obtaining essential supplies is unprecedented in peacetime.

“My wife and I went out to get some face masks, hand sanitizer, soap and other essentials but without success.

“We are in the vulnerable age group. If one or both of us get the virus when we are confined indoors we don't have any face masks to protect each other.

“I’d like to know of anywhere in Forth Valley where we can purchase these essentials."

Information on stores or voluntary groups offering support during the coronavirus outbreak can be sent to [email protected]