The Ramsgate man taking action to help the elderly hit by other shoppers coronavirus bulk buying

Lewis is on a mission to make sure Thanet's older residents have supplies

A Ramsgate man is so upset after witnessing elderly shoppers struggling to get provisions in stripped bare supermarkets that he has gone on a mission to help make sure older residents have necessary supplies.

Lewis Pindar, 29, has bought toilet rolls, pasta and washing up liquid and is asking for help to get supplies such as water, tinned and dry food, hygiene products, pet food and antibacterial wipes or spray so he can distribute them to older residents.

He said: “I’m doing it because there’s a lot of vulnerable people who can’t get out to get the essential bits they need, especially those who are the most vulnerable to the virus itself so they can’t even go out for fear of contracting the virus.

“I’ve seen so many old people out today and they can’t buy anything. It’s upset me. Sometimes it just takes one person to take charge to start a movement to help people and others jump on and make it happen.

“I can’t do it by myself, I’m not well off or anything, so every little helps. It’s just about getting these bits to people who need them. I haven’t enough for a lot yet, I’ve put all I can in, but I’ve got other people now donating bits to me which is good.

“I can’t bear to see people go without the absolute essential bits they need to survive when it’s hard enough for them to survive as it is. Especially with all this mass hysteria.”

To donate items or let Lewis know about someone in need email him on

National update

As of 9am today (March 14) , 37,746 people have been tested in the UK, of which 36,606 were confirmed negative and 1,140 were confirmed as positive. 21 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

Confirmed cases in Thanet include one at Birchington Vale, another in Westgate, and a parent of a Chatham & Clarendon grammar student. A suspected case in Margate yesterday (March 13) has not been confirmed.

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