A Lidl Help Goes A Long Way

SHOPPERS at Lidl stores in the Newport and Cargo Fleet areas of Middlesbrough were greeted by the MFC Foundation Health Bus recently.

The bus, a cross between an educational facility and a mobile health centre, has been busier than normal throughout Teesside over the last few weeks and months and was on hand to offer free temperature checks.

Stan Calvert, an 87-year-old from Middlesbrough, was one of the first to be tested, pictured here passing with flying colours.

The bus was staffed by the Foundation’s Lee Grace and Lee Harding, the Boro Bus coordinator, and it was the latter who explained why it was there.

Lee Harding said: “We spent the morning in Newport and the afternoon in Cargo Fleet just trying to help people and reassure them as this Covid-19 pandemic refuses to go away.

“A lot of people are worried and when they have a free temperature check that can either put their mind at rest, or tell them they maybe need to take further advice.

“We all need to take care, to listen to the advice we’re being given by health experts and if we can help in some small way then job done.”

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “We’re emerging from lockdown, but we’re still vulnerable to Covid-19, especially here in Middlesbrough.

“We’re doing all we can to help people stay safe and healthy, and temperature checks are an important part of that approach.

“They can detect possible infection and can help people keep themselves and others safe through testing, tracing and following the Government’s advice on self-isolation.”

For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council’s support line 01642 729777

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus