Door To Store scheme ‘a blessing’ for infirm

A new scheme launched by Community Action Dacorum to help elderly and disabled people living in rural areas do their weekly shop has been labelled ‘a blessing’ by one user.

The Door To Store project has now had its inaugural run for those living in Kings Langley and Bovingdon. Trips to Sainsbury’s in Apsley will now be run from each village on alternate weeks.

Community Action Dacorum's John Kelly and Hayley Smith take Kings Langley residents on the inaugural Door To Store shopping trip.

Community Action Dacorum's John Kelly and Hayley Smith take Kings Langley residents on the inaugural Door To Store shopping trip.

The charity’s transport officer John Kelly, who drives the accessible minibus seating 10 people per trip, said: “I think the people we have taken so far have had a nice time.

“It is as much about getting out socially as needing to get to the supermarket. Everyone can order stuff online these days, but if you have difficulties getting out and about, this fills a little gap.”

Beryl Pizzey, from Kings Langley, uses a wheelchair and hasn’t been to a supermarket herself in more than two years. She said: “This is a great deal because it is an outing as well. I do have someone who can do the shopping for me but tastes differ, so now I can see what is there for myself.”

Joyce Brown, also on the trip, said: “This is a blessing to be able to get to the shops.”

Users of the scheme must book on a trip each time they wish to go. Call the charity on 01442 253935 or email deborah@communityactiondacorum.org.uk.

There is a cost of £4 per person.