A kind-hearted North Tyneside taxi firm has stepped in to help get elderly people to supermarkets so that they could purchase essential food items.
Whitley Bay based EastCoast Taxis offered free transport to elderly North Tyneside residents to transport them to ASDA stores who have reserved early Friday mornings to specifically help them get shopping during the current crisis.
Paul Irwin from EastCoast Taxis was delighted to offer crucial help during this trying and testing time.
“Older people are finding it increasingly difficult to use buses and the Metro system to get to supermarkets so early in the morning and of course they are feeling especially vulnerable with the risk of infection from the Corona Virus.
“Our elderly customers have supported us over the years and now it’s our turn to repay them by allowing them to travel free in one of our vehicles. We posted on social media saying that North Tyneside elderly customers could free travel to and from ASDA Supermarkets. It was the least we could do as a business for our community in a time of crisis.”
EastCoast Taxis offered their free travel offer to the ASDA stores in North Shields, Wallsend and Benton. Each journey was based on the customers location and all vehicles were cleaned to a high hygienic standard to minimise any risk to passengers. The firm hopes to repeat the offer again soon.
Mrs Beryl Greaves of Bewick Park, Wallsend said, “I’d like to thank EastCoast for their kind offer which helped me to do my shopping today.”
"Our elderly customers have supported us over the years and now its our turn to repay them by allowing them to travel free in one of our vehicles."
Paul Irwin - EastCoast Taxis