A KIND-HEARTED Prestwick cafe is prioritising the wellbeing of their customers amid the coronavirus outbreak by providing care packages for the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating.

Tea Pot has lost the majority of its custom in the last two weeks as elderly clientele heed government advice to self-isolate. However staff are ensuring that their loyal customers do not go without, delivering hot meals, picking up prescriptions and even passing on messages from family members who live outside Ayrshire.

Carole-Anne Dodds, whose mother Margaret Cunningham owns Tea Pot Café, is heading things up.

She said: “The majority of our customers are elderly people who live around us, sometimes with no family. They come to us every day for soup and a sandwich but we’ve noticed in the last two or three weeks a decline in custom. We’ve been going to see if they’re alright and we have their phone numbers, too.

“We’re making two pots of soup and have them in freezer containers. Our small care packages consist of two soups and a roll and we’re putting in two portions of soup – you can get two portions out of four servings and they can be either frozen or eaten within three days. There is also a large bundle of toilet rolls and anti-bacterial wipes.”

The café are holding drop-in sessions for donations, but assures customers that they will respect social-distancing.

Carole-Anne said: “We don’t need to come into their house – we’ll just leave it outside on the doorstep then go away so there’s no physical contact. People are vulnerable right now. Our customers have supported us for seven years day in day out so this is how we give back.”

You can donate to the care package via Tea Pot’s Facebook page