A mutual aid Facebook group has been set up to help look after the vulnerable and those self-isolating because of coronavirus in Brighton and Hove.
The group was started by University of Sussex lecturer Dr Andrea Brock and her friend Daniel Therkelsen. Despite only being set up on Friday, it already has over 6,000 members.
People who contact the group will be put in touch with someone who can bring them food shopping, collect prescriptions, run errands, or even walk their dog.
The group’s creators said:
This group has been set up to facilitate people supporting each other, and particularly those most vulnerable to Covid-19. We want to foster solidarity, mutual aid, care and compassion. In times of crisis, we need each other.
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) March 14, 2020
News of such community spirit brings some welcome relief from an otherwise bleak picture at the moment. It was confirmed yesterday that another person from Brighton had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 10.
Furthermore, it has been announced that the Brighton Marathon and a host of other events across the city are being postponed until much later in the year. The Marathon’s organisers said:
This is a decision that has not been taken lightly by our team or our colleagues in the running events industry. We as organisers now face considerable challenges as a result.
We apologise profusely to anyone affected by this postponement.
We wholeheartedly appreciate the far reaching impact this change will have on the thousands of you who have trained hard and planned extensively to take part in April 2020.
The team at Brighton Journal would like to urge all our readers to get involved with the group, and not to hesitate to ask for their help if required.
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