A WOMAN who left flowers outside her house for people to take to the nearby cemetery during lockdown has ended up running a full-blown stall on her front drive.
The lady, who simply goes by the name of Sue, started by placing bunches of flowers in front of her home on Bridle Road in Bromborough to help people visiting Plymyard cemetery, who didn’t want to visit shops.
The flowers were supplied by Port Grocery, who run foodbank services for the Trinity Church in Ellesmere Port.
Feedback from the idea from local residents was so positive that Sue was then able to get her hands on more stock from her sister Barb, who is a director of the non-profit organisation.
Sue's front garden convenience store on Bridle Road in Bromborough. Photo: Richard Garnett
Now she has found herself running a pop-up convenience store for passers-by with all proceeds going straight back into the foodbank operation at the church. Speaking exclusively to the Globe, retired nurse Sue said: “It started off, I was leaving flowers for them. Then they were throwing pound coins over the wall.
“This little old couple stopped me and said they felt terrible taking them and said that I’ve got to have a donation pot, so I got one.
“I knew there was bread going to waste, so I started getting that first (from Port Grocery) and as you can see, its escalated!
“When the lockdown came, I was worried about the little old dears so I started putting extra stuff out.
“Some of them have told me that they won’t go to the shops, they’re scared, but will do their daily exercise and come here. They love it.
“All the money I raise goes straight back to the food bank – they feed so many people.”
Andy Brown fronts a second stall on Raeburn Avenue. Photo: Richard Garnett
Sue’s road side store has proved so popular that it even inspired a resident on nearby Raeburn Avenue to set up his own stall, also getting his stock from the foodbank provider. Furloughed school teacher Andy Brown said: “Sue kindly delivers the crates of bread and different things. We first started doing it last Friday and so far I think we’ve raised over £700 between the two of us. For people who won’t go the shops this has been a lifeline for them.”