They say necessity is the mother of invention and the Harwell Campus community has been rising to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus crisis in many different ways. Not only through the valuable research work that is being undertaken here to combat Covid-19 but also the ways in which people have responded to help others. A shining example is Space Store in Didcot, managed by Steve Ringler from Spacetime Development based at Harwell, and his in-store team who normally provide space related experiences and products, plus run a busy cafe. When they had to close due to new regulations, they set about doing something for the most vulnerable people in the local area including charities such as Be Free Young Carers. Overnight, they set up a doorstep delivery service of essential care packages of food staples and other key household products that runs from Wednesday - Sunday each week and yes they do stock that scarce but much needed bathroom commodity too.
Through friends and Facebook they have attracted a group of volunteer drivers who are doing daily shifts to keep vital supplies flowing across Didcot, Abingdon, Wallingford and Caversham. To lift spirits they also teamed up with local florist, Branching Out to add a surprise gift to some of the deliveries in the form of a potted spring flower reminding their customers to 'Keep Smiling'. To access their delivery service or to volunteer to become a driver please go to the order form and Q&A on their website: www.spacestore.co/supplies-support/
Campus residents have also been linking with NHS procurement and charity Style Acre to help source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them to help the people in their care. Anyone with any spare PPE can contact Gary Welch from the NHS on 07725 121692 or Style Acre on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01491 827593.