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Princes Risborough Basket scheme hits 3,000 orders

The scheme has received attention from other local authorities, including from Canada.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:02pm 6th May 2020. (Updated at 12:04pm 6th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Princes Risborough Basket scheme hits 3,000 orders

A delivery scheme set up in Princes Risborough seems to have helped keep local shops in business during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lockdown restrictions affected businesses and locals when it comes to shopping and Princes Risborough Basket was set up to try and help. 

Residents are able to order items from the local stores that signed up and volunteers have been helping to get the orders to homes around the area. 

Mayor of Princes Risbourgh Matthew Walsh says he has been amazed by the reaction:

"The response has been absolutely phenomenal. We have had over 3,000 orders, over 75 volunteers and our high street retailers are saying this is absolutely saving their business.

"I think going forward there is going to people looking more at their local supply chains and using their local shops more. The local shops have been here for our residents during this crisis so we need our residents to be there for our shops at the end of this."

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Seeing as it’s Friday, who fancies getting fruity with our lovely Cllr Alan Turner? 🤭🍊🍏🍓🍋 For those of you that can’t read the writing, then allow us! We have now procured, packed and delivered over 3000 satsumas, 2500 apples, approx 6,500 raspberries, and over 1000 lemons for our G&T swilling residents. This week alone we have delivered fruit and veg to 250 homes and have delivered 350* orders for our Retailers which makes our total amount of deliveries to date since the launch over 2600! Thank you to everyone that has not only used our fruit & veg scheme but has also supported our Retailers. Please please do continue to do so! Have a super weekend everyone! *This doesn’t include the deliveries that some of our Retailers have made themselves . . . . #towncouncil #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #covid_19 #supportyourlocalhighstreet #stayhome #deliveryservice #makingithappen #princesrisborough

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David Shuttle, who runs a Cookware shop that is part of The Risborough Basket explains:

"When we were ordered to close by the Government, our trade dried up overnight. The basket scheme means that our loyal customers can shop from home and have the things they need delivered the same day. Otherwise they would have to wait until we reopened in weeks, or maybe months - it's been a lifeline."

Set up as a local solution to the lockdown there has been interest from groups and local authorities elsewhere, including from Canada. 

Mayor Walsh wants people to know that this scheme is not site specific and can be used elsewhere:

"It's absolutely brilliant that people want to share our scheme and we are sharing that scheme free of charge to any council or volunteer group that wants to use it. 

"I urge any local group that want to have the conversation about launching something like this to drop us a line because we really want to help as many people as possible."

The scheme is also part of the #ProudofBucks campaign which wants to highlight the hard work of local people at the moment.

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