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Scarborough RNLI electrician works for free for elderly and vulnerable

Lifeboats News Release

An RNLI lifeboat crew member is one of countless altruistic Scarborough folk offering their services for free to the elderly and vulnerable during the virus crisis.

Paul Huggins

RNLI/Dave Barry

Paul Huggins

Electrician Paul Huggins is asking for no call-out fee and working the first hour free of charge; he reckons most basic faults can be found and sorted in an hour. The only charge will be for materials used, at cost.

Paul says: 'I’m a big believer in community spirit and helping out when times are tough. I’m not medically trained so I can't help out with that but I am a fully qualified and experienced electrician.

'So from now until this virus has done its worst, I’m offering my services to the elderly and vulnerable who have no-one else to help them in the Scarborough area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as I can.'

Anyone with elderly relatives or neighbours, or who knows someone vulnerable, can ring Paul for electrical help on 07764 353349.

He adds: 'I will do my best to get to them and sort them out. I have masks and sprays in my van to disinfect stuff.

'This isn't a time to panic or get stressed out. It’s a time to stop, think and keep a level head. It’s a time to think of others and the most vulnerable in our world. Keep calm and carry on'.

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