92-Year-Old Woman Begs People To Think About Those In Care Homes Before Panic Buying
By now, we've all probably been affected by the lack of stock in supermarkets - but if you thought there wasn't an issue, here's something that might change your mind. A 92-year-old pensioner has begged people to stop panic buying.
Lillian Chew, who lives at Jasmine Court Care Home in Chorley, Lancashire, has issued a heartbreaking plea for people to 'think about us in care homes' before clearing supermarket shelves.
She's lived in the residential home for four years and has urged people to show restraint while out shopping.
Looking straight into the camera, Lillian directly asks shoppers to think about those like herself and 'these poor, poor people that are on their own', who are also in need of essentials during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lillian's video, which has been given the hashtag #ListentoLillian, comes at a time when supermarkets have been forced to put aside designated shopping hours for elderly shoppers and limits to restrict stock-piling.
In her emotional plea, Lillian says: "Hello everyone out there, my name is Lillian. I'm in a care home in Chorley, Lancashire.
"I beg all you people out there, who are going out and clearing the shelves of everything, to think about us in care homes and these poor, poor people that are on their own and can't get anybody to help them.
"So please, think twice before you go to clear the shelves. Please take care everybody, and God bless you all."
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The reaction to Lillian's message has been so huge that people have sent flowers and cards to her care home, with one message reading: "You're wonderful in every way."
Emma Bingham, general manager at Jasmine Court, said: "The reaction to Lillian's video has been amazing.
"She is thrilled by the response she has received, including cards and well-wishes. As care homes need to protect the health of their residents by limiting visitors, messages to and from the community are invaluable to our residents.
"Another encouraging outcome has been a number of impressive applications to come and work with us.
"At a time like this, care workers are indispensable and we are welcoming applications from anyone who brings a positive attitude and a passion for care.
"Over the next few months, we have lots of activities planned for our residents to keep them fulfilled and reassured.
"Our residents have all expressed amazement by today's technology, as we have set up video and telephone facilities so that they keep in touch with their loved ones."
Her message, recorded on 16 March, received thousands of replies with many echoing Lillian's request.
One Facebook user said: "That's so sad she's clearly very worried it sent shivers through me bless her heart but she's definitely right."
Another commented: "Well said our Lillian! Comes to something when you have an elderly lady pleading for calm. People should be absolutely ashamed. Bless your cotton socks lovely lady."
Take Lilian's advice, LADs, only buy what you need.
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