An Aldi manager has been praised after he arranged a series of hot meals to be delivered to an 87-year-old woman who he saw regularly in the store, buying only tinned food.
Supermarket worker Richard Allen spotted an 87-year-old woman regularly coming in the store, however, she was only purchasing tinned food for herself. Concerned, he asked her if she would like some help getting fresh food during the lockdown.
The customer, from Camborne, Cornwall, told Richard that she had no oven and just got food that could be prepared in a microwave. Unfortunately, she didn’t have any family nearby that could help her out.
Immediately, Richard arranged for the pensioner to be sent hot meals from a local cafe called Miss Molly’s Cafe, who are currently feeding 80 vulnerable people at just £5 a time.
A worker at Miss Molly’s, Leander Connaughton, shared the kind gesture online and stated the supermarket store manager had gone “above and beyond” what his duties required.
She said: “Aldi in Camborne have the most amazing staff, they noticed a very elderly customer was only buying tinned food from the beginning of lockdown.
“The manager asked if she’d like some fresh stuff but she said no as she has no oven or microwave.
“He then found out she doesn’t have any family at all locally, So bless him, he rang our cafe and arranged to have hot meals delivered to her.
“He has also fixed her doorbell and offered to settle her bill if necessary (it’s not) so this is a shout out to Richard, manager at Aldi Camborne who noticed a customer in need two weeks ago and stepped up to help out. You sir, are bloody amazing.”
It has been recently shared that the elderly woman will be getting an oven delivered to her home so that she can make herself a more varied range of meals. In the meantime, Leander said Miss Molly’s will continue to provide her with a series of free hot meals.
Since the heartwarming news has been shared on social media, hundreds of people have praised Richard’s lovely gesture.
One woman wrote: “Lovely to hear about people who really care in this unusual time. Top man, Richard.”
Meanwhile, another said that it had “brought a tear to my eye” and a third said: “You really find out people’s true personality in a time like this.
“There really are some lovely people out there with a good heart. Bless him.”