DOZENS of families were given a welcome surprise by local volunteers aiming to help during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Leader previously reported that members of Deeside Round Table voted in favour of donating £500 a month for up to an initial six months, which will be donated to those in need.

Since then many businesses and organisations have stepped up to help with donations to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are not left without during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 20 residents in Mancot were given a care package for those living in sheltered accommodation, this was on top of the 30 care packs distributed across Deeside.

A spokesman for the group said: “This week we got a call from local Councillor Ralph Small to say that elderly and vulnerable residents living in his ward of Mancot could do with a little bit of extra support.

“We were more than happy to oblige. So, we assembled the team and got free food and essential items care packs to 24 residents living in sheltered accommodation.

“These are in addition to the 30 care packs that are being distributed this week to local people in the wider Deeside area, taking our grand total for this week to over 50 people and families who will be in receipt of free food shopping as a result of our fundraising pot and the support of local businesses who donate too.

“It was lovely to be able to have a chat with many of the residents, many of whom have been isolating since lockdown began.”