In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Doddington Hall and Gardens has partnered with Soper of Lincoln to launch an eco-friendly home delivery service to help elderly and vulnerable people who need food and essentials.
Courtesy of Soper of Lincoln, a MINI electric, driven by a member of the Farm shop team, will deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, locally sourced meat, frozen meals, tinned provisions, bread, flour, drinks and much more.
The delivery vehicle is the first fully electric MINI vehicle and will enable the Farm Shop team to not only help the public, but do so in an environmentally friendly way.
Orders can be discussed over the phone, where the Farm Shop team will price up an order, call back the customer and arrange a delivery within 24 hours where provisions can be left on doorsteps or in a designated safe place.
In addition, Doddington Hall’s Farm Shop will be opening their doors earlier at 8-9am from Monday-Friday exclusively for over 65s and high risk groups to do their shopping in a calm and quiet environment.
Between 8-10am Monday to Friday, Doddignton Hall, will also be opening the gardens for these groups, allowing for fresh air during walks around the grounds.
Sarah Hall, Farm Shop manager at Doddington Hall, said:
“We’ve taken the initiative to launch our Farm Shop home delivery service because we know that there are many people who can’t get out at the moment, from elderly people to vulnerable groups.”
“Orders are being taken over the phone so our customers will talk to real people, have a chat to feel a little less lonely and discuss the items that they need – from cupboard staples to delicious treats to lift their spirits.
“We’re so grateful to Soper of Lincoln for getting on board so quickly with our new service and want to extend our thanks to the team for providing a brand new MINI electric so we can deliver across our communities in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
“It’s a real testament to the power of local organisations coming together and supports our ethos of community and sustainability.”
Bryan Sleaford, Head of Business at Soper of Lincoln said: “It’s fantastic to have partnered with Doddington Hall to help make these uncertain times a little easier for people in our community.
“At Soper of Lincoln, we recognise the importance of organisations and individuals going green, something that Doddington Hall is also passionate about too, so being able to put an electric car to use for such a good cause is really uplifting.”
Claire Birch, owner of Doddington Hall, said: “We would like to reassure our visitors that we are adhering to the guidelines issued by the British Government, Public Health England and the National Health Service regarding coronavirus.
“We are doing all we can to work with the issued guidance and we are monitoring the situation closely.
“Doddington is a very clean and calm environment and we are looking at how we can best help the local community during this time of unprecedented uncertainty and support mental wellbeing.”
The café, still remaining open to the public from 9am-5pm, adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness, as well as distancing between tables and increased cleaning in high risk areas.
Additionally, the gardens will be open from 11am-3pm with a discounted rate of £3.50 per adult (children are free).
Free home delivery is available within 10 miles of Doddington Hall.
Delivery will cost £3 for 10+ mile radius, with a maximum delivery radius of 25 miles.
Call Doddington Hall Farm Shop between 9:30am-4:30pm to discuss your requirements on 01522 688581.