Bolingbroke pupil launches free lockdown delivery service and raises nearly £2k for charity
Year 11 pupil George wanted to help the local community during lockdown, and came up with the idea of a free delivery service for vulnerable people
While many teenagers might be spending all of lockdown playing PS4 with their mates, one Bolingbroke pupil has put his time to good use by helping vulnerable people in the community.
Sixteen year old George has set up a delivery service whereby he delivers groceries or other essential items on his bike to elderly or other vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes during the Covid-19 crisis.
“I was originally planning on starting a business doing deliveries to earn some money but my parents wanted me to focus on my GCSEs,” explained George. “But then we went into lockdown and thought I could carry on the business without charging people.”
He put a message on the hyper-local social media site NextDoor, advertising his services, where anyone who wants George’s help can email or text him with their request. He is usually able to respond within a couple of hours.
“I plan to do this service until lockdown is over and then maybe start charging people depending on the distance I have to cycle,” said George. “I get a good feeling in the sense that I’m helping the local community and hopefully building up a good reputation for when I start charging people for the deliveries.”
George on his trusty bike on one of of his delivery runs in the local area
In addition to his local delivery service which has seen George fulfil over 20 deliveries to date, the enterprising Year 11 pupil has also raised £1870 to date for Trinity Hospice in Clapham. This has far surpassed his original £250 target, as George said he was “definintely not” expecting to garner such support.
“I chose to support Trinity hospice as one of my mum’s closest friends spent the last two weeks of her life there and they took amazing care of her and were extremely supportive. But I also know that they rely a lot on charity fundraising too.”
As to the future, George says he is not sure what he wants to do career wise, but adds that whatever it is it will “hopefully be something to help others and not be sat at a desk or in an office.”
If you want to support George's fundraising here is the link to his Justgiving page.