A VINTAGE shop has teamed up with a city appeal to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Make N Mend – which provides sewing services has joined Plate One Up and Pass it On (Worcestershire).

Shop owner Caroline Wickham decided to support the initiative from her shop in The Hopmarket after she saw an appeal on Facebook earlier this month, calling for donations of materials such as fabric and cotton.

She said : “As with so many businesses and individuals at this time, I am keen to put my services to good use, following the temporary closure of my shop. 

"When I saw the appeal on Facebook for sewing donations, I knew this was something I could instantly help with.  Since then I have been supplying fabric, elastic, cotton and cord to an army of sewers who have been making scrubs, kit bags, face masks and face covers for so many of our frontline carers.  I am immensely proud to be part of such a fabulous community initiative.”

Plate One Up and Pass it On (Worcestershire) was set up by Lyndsey Cox and Toby Stringer with an aim to help elderly and vulnerable people in the county who may be struggling to buy essential foodstuffs.

The group encourages local people to supply a meal to someone in need where possible.  Since then the group has grown to almost 3,200 members with services developing to include making much needed supplies

for those in caring and medical roles.

Mr Stringer said : “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and selflessness of people like Caroline who continue to come together to help people throughout the county.”

Bill Simpson, trustee at The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said : “During this pandemic, we have seen so many of the city’s Hopmarket businesses go above and beyond in helping to serve their local community.  Caroline has used her business skills to provide much needed help to our busy caring professionals.  We are all very humbled by such a wonderful gesture.”