10 Years ago my Mother RIP spent her remaining few weeks in a care home.
So, this isn't my usual business related blog - but a call to action and cry for help.
If you recall the 'Harvest Festival' from your school days you will recall we all were asked to bring something in so they could be distributed to those most in need.
This wasn't just an annual religious blessing to give thanks for another good and safe harvest it was a way to get children to understand and appreciate the giving to others in time of need.
Today I saw a sad and disturbing piece on the BBC News.
Due to the huge surge of people panic buying and massive increases in online shopping with the major Supermarket chains limitations are being placed on the number of certain items being purchased.
I'll save my views around the fact that major Supermarket chains have been both heroes and villains during this crisis for another day, especially in relation to the longer term impact on their operating model as more people are moving their weekly shop online.
The BBC interviewed a woman who is running a number of care homes in the North West of England (other parts of the country are applicable) and how they have been shopping online with Tesco for many years with great success and of course spending a fair amount with them each month.
However, since the restrictions on the amount being purchased have kicked in they are now struggling to find enough food to look after the terminally ill, elderly and infirm residents.
So, just like the 'Harvest Festival' how about going to those food cupboards in your house, check the over bought stuff that you had bought in panic and drop them off at your local care home around the UK.
Anything will help, tins of beans, tomatoes, soup, pasta, and yes toilet rolls.
Now is the time for YOU to help.
Vulnerable people living in care homes across our region are struggling to get food because there aren't enough delivery slots available. To make the situation worse, there's been a shortage of essential food in supermarkets because of panic buyers with limits, on some items, now in place on what can be bought.