Coronavirus: Navy Cadet Sets Up Delivery Service

Ben Baily is making food deliveries to vulnerable residents in his local village twice a week.

A Royal Navy cadet has been helping isolated and vulnerable Dartmoor residents through the coronavirus pandemic with a delivery service.

Ben Baily has been delivering essentials to those over the age of 70 and people with underlying health conditions twice a week. 

The 21-year-old Officer Cadet, who is currently studying for a politics and international relations degree, set up the service in his home village alongside his friend, Sam Fabian Miller.

Ben said the response to their work has been "wonderful".

"Local greengrocers, butchers and supermarket[s] have all helped us to provide this service the best they can – knowing that we are shopping for multiple people,” he said.

“It really means the world to be able to contribute to the community which has given me so much growing up.”

Ben and Sam head to the shops every Tuesday and Saturday morning - sourcing as much as they can from local retailers, before completing their shop at the supermarket.

A large number of people living in Manaton are included in the Government's 'at risk' category and Sam said they felt it was important to help.

"When lockdown was initiated we knew that considering the average age in our community, a lot of people were going to struggle," he said.

"We really love our community and wanted to help the people in it the best we could.

“By providing a friendly door-to-door service for free, people get the goods they need and have a social interaction in the day.”

Cover image: Ben Baily with provisions he's delivering (Picture: Royal Navy).