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ABOVE & BEYOND: Berkhamsted’s Dave Rance going the extra mile for residents

 Published on: 29th April 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Berkhamsted chef has been going above and beyond for the community by spending all his time shopping for elderly and vulnerable residents.

Dave Rance, who works at The Old Mill Berkhamsted, has been taking shopping lists from residents who are self-isolating, collecting their needed goods from Tesco and delivering to their homes.

The chef, who also created Facebook group Everything Berko 2, said: “I started doing this the week before lockdown began, mainly to keep myself busy to be honest. 

“I pretty much do it seven days a week. I’ll do one trip in the morning and shop for two or three people, then take the stuff to their houses. I’ll then go again in the afternoon and the evening. I don’t charge for delivering or anything besides the actual cost of the shopping.

“It’s hard-going – my phone’s constantly bleeping with requests and some days in Tesco are manic – but it’s worth it, because I think I’d really be struggling if I were just doing nothing and it’s also helping a lot of people.”

Fellow Berkhamsted resident, Tanya Gann, said: “During this unprecedented time of coronavirus, Dave has gone above and beyond to help residents of Berkhamsted with supplies on a daily basis. 

“He has become quite a celebrity in the town. I don’t know him myself, but I feel what he is doing for our community is amazing. It’s a great example of how we can help each other, and it also really sums up what Berkhamsted is all about.”

Dave added: “The response has been really nice – I’ve had people leave a few quid on my windscreen or leave a case of beer for me. I’m not doing this for recognition or anything like that, it’s just to help people out.”

Dave is available to take orders on Facebook Messenger.

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