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Cornershop gives away hand gel to help elderly

Not cleaning up: Asiyah Javed and husband Jawad will lose £2,000 by giving away anti-bacterial protection PICTURES: SWNS

A CORNERSHOP is giving face masks, anti-bacterial hand gel and cleaning wipes to pensioners to help them avoid catching coronavirus.

Day Today Express in Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, stocked up on supplies before the disease reached Scotland.

Asiyah Javed, who runs the store with husband Jawad, began making donations after meeting an old woman in tears after finding handwash had sold out at a supermarket.

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She said she thought about the risk that the virus — which most severely affects the elderly — would have posed to her late grandparents.

The mother-of-three, 34, said: ‘We are delivering 30 packages to a care home and we’ve got another couple of hundred in the shop.

‘Some people are asking for them to be delivered as they’re old, or disabled, or don’t drive. We are just trying to help people who can’t get out the house.’

She said the gesture was costing her and Jawad, 35, about £2,000 and some shoppers had branded them ‘stupid’ for giving away the items. But she explained: ‘Money is not everything, there will be the opportunity to make money in future.

‘I started stockpiling hand gel when I heard about the virus from the cash and carry. People thought I was going to sell them, but I had this in my mind.’

The couple previously delivered free milk to elderly people during the Beast from the East blizzards in spring 2018.

‘My grandparents have passed away but we still think of them when we see all this,’ Ms Javed said. ‘We wouldn’t want them to be struggling.’