Following the call to arms from Boris Johnson, asking for 250,000 volunteers to help the stretched National Health Service, over half a million people have put themselves forward to help in its fight against coronavirus. Speaking at his daily news conference, PM Boris Johnson said all 504,303 could now play an "absolutely crucial" role in helping the NHS. The scheme aims to alleviate some of the pressure currently put on the NHS and will involve helpers delivering food and medicines, driving patients to appointments and phoning those isolated in their homes.
Nicola Lucas from Bournemouth, who usually works at the Naomi's House charity shop in Boscombe, has put herself forward to help with deliveries. She said: “I have joined up as Naomi house is closed for three months and would love to help with deliveries shopping etc and anything that is needed.”