The "Risborough Basket" celebrates first birthday of helping the vulnerable

Princes Risborough is a town with many reasons to celebrate as life in national lockdown is on the horizon.
Cllr Alan Turner & Town Mayor, Cllr Matthew WalshCllr Alan Turner & Town Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh
Cllr Alan Turner & Town Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh

The innovative Risborough Basket delivery scheme that supported its residents with free delivery of fresh produce and goods, whilst supermarkets and shops were low on supplies at

the start of the pandemic and has since given a subsequent life line to local retailers and businesses will be celebrating its first birthday at the end of March.

The original Risborough Basket which operated as a phone ordering system processed thousands of fruit & vegetable deliveries in 150 days.

Since operating as a virtual shop window and same-day free delivery service for local retailers and businesses, the Basket has delivered over 1000 online orders, enabling £100,000 to stay in the local economy since the inception in March, and over 26,000 users have now accessed the online shopping platform.

The Risborough Basket team will be celebrating their birthday by delivering handmade cupcakes made by local cake maker Tracy Mann to the Unity Health team Doctors, Nurses

and volunteers who are currently delivering the Covid-vaccines out of the Princes Risborough Community Centre and by the end of this weekend will have vaccinated over 13,000 local residents.

Cllr Matthew Walsh, Town Mayor and Chairman of the Council said: "It's only fitting that we share the Risborough Basket’s first birthday milestone with another monumental occasion in

our town and celebrate the remarkable achievements of Unity Health”.

He continued "Two very different projects but ultimately, both focussed on the local community at heart”.