Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company team volunteers to deliver essential medicines and food supplies during coronavirus outbreak
Family business the Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company has swapped delivering hand-crafted beds for essential food parcels.
When the call came from government to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS, the local family business downed tools, temporarily closed its doors, picked up their van keys and volunteered to help deliver essential medications and food supplies.
Harry Thompson, company director, said: “Since we opened in 2003, we’ve been blessed by the support of our local community and now was a time, for us to get involved and pay it forward. We’re so proud of our team, so when we asked who would be willing to volunteer and come out of lockdown, all were eager and keen to help.”
Hand crafting iron beds on the Sandringham Estate, this first and second-generation family business reached out to Norfolk County Council.
Volunteering the services of their delivery vehicles and team members to ferry essential supplies to local residents. The iron bed maker has now completed nearly 200 personal deliveries to vulnerable residents, whilst also supporting fruit and veg deliveries for Kemps Fruit and Veg in Hunstanton.
One area in which deliveries have been made is Breckland. Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council’s leader, said: “When we put a call out to local businesses to support our pandemic response effort, we were blown away by the offers we received.
"The generosity shown by the local business community has been outstanding, and we cannot thank Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company enough for their logistical support during these difficult times and for helping us to support our most vulnerable residents.”
Sarah Franks, once powder coater, now food delivery driver, said: "One man clapped me for delivering his fruit and veg box. Everyone has said thank you and I’m finding it such a humbling experience because what they don’t realise, is that they are also helping me too.”
The team implements stringent procedures, which include wearing personal protective items and the sanitisation of vehicles and drivers.