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Students in Surrey and Hampshire helping those in need during coronavirus crisis

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Students in Surrey and Hampshire helping those in need during coronavirus crisis

Published by Lettie Buxton at 11:26am 26th March 2020. (Updated at 11:36am 26th March 2020)

Students across Surrey and Hampshire are offering to help those most at risk and in need of assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

Young people at Ripley-based StudentWorks are volunteering their support free of charge, from picking up shopping and collecting prescriptions to walking the dog.

Some students have also offered to provide free childcare to primary care workers and those working for critical emergency services,  however StudentWorks is urging this is "only used as a last resort".

A spokesman added the safety of students and those they would be working for is "our number one concern".

Francesca Castaldo, aged 26, is studying at the University of Surrey and has been volunteering for many years:

"Especially helping people with psychological problems who may live alone, elderly, or people suffering from anxiety and depression.

"I’m glad to help other people if they need it.

"For me, it’s not a one-way relationship.

"I learn so many things from these experiences that it’s even difficult to explain in words.

"And I like to show them that I’m not here just for that moment: being kind should be just part of our daily life."

The man who Francesca helped asked to remain anonymous, but said:

"There are no words to describe what Francesca has done and is continuing doing for me.

"Can you describe an angel?

"Nobody can and I’m not presumptuous to try to do so."

Anybody who needs help should email info@studentworks.co.uk or call 01483 610235.