STAFF at Aldi in Holmes Chapel have been praised for ‘going the extra mile’ for elderly people self-isolating during the coronavirus lockdown.

Assistant store manager Katie Rafferty and store assistant Kelsey Moran have been delivering flowers to elderly and vulnerable residents who have been self-isolating.

After sharing a post on Facebook asking people to nominate those in need of cheering up, Kelsey and Katie set about delivering flowers and plants to residents.

Kelsey said: “It was our day off, so one Sunday morning Katie and I spent a few hours leaving pots and plants on people’s doorsteps, knocking on their doors and standing two metres back.

“When they answered we told them it was a little gesture from the Aldi team at Holmes Chapel to make them smile.

"It was such a heart-warming experience for us, as we were greeted with huge smiles and happy tears. Anything to make this awful time a little bit better for everyone.”

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Katie said: “Homes Chapel is a close-knit village, and with us living nearby Kelsey and I were keen to do something nice for the community during this awful time. The reactions we got from the residents were lovely.”

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Caitlin Bailey, area manager at Aldi UK, said: “These are difficult times, and communities are facing challenges with everyday tasks.

Our colleagues are working tirelessly to help feed the nation, so the fact Katie and Kelsey went the extra mile to do this is remarkable.”