A SUPPORT group has been a "lifeline" to an isolated pensioner during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ledbury Covid-19 Support Group was set up on Facebook at the beginning of lockdown to provide support for the community.

Sidney Harris, 88, from Ledbury, lost much of his independence around one year ago when his eyesight started to deteriorate, and he had to give up the use of his car.

Mr Harris - who served in the Army during national service in the 1950s - said: " I'm getting on a bit now and my seven daughters live all around the country.

"When you've been driving since 18, it feels like losing a member of your family.

"I spotted the leaflet from the group through my door box and my appointed person from the group, Sue, brings me my shopping each week and always has a smile on her face and makes sure I'm doing well - I can't thank them enough."

One of his seven daughters, Lesley Whickett, 57, who lives near Dudley, said: "My dad has always liked to be independent.

"They've been a lifesaver to dad, getting his shopping to him every Tuesday from the list he gives them - we are just so pleased as a family how kind people can be."

Lara Sysum who founded Ledbury Covid-19 Support Group, which now has 1500 members, said: "We will continue to support the community for as long as they need us."

Mayor of Ledbury, cllr Phillip Howells, said: "The support group has certainly been a lifeline, along with Ledbury Food Bank and other organisations who have gone the extra mile.

"This story shows the strength of community here in Ledbury."

Mr Harris added: "I was only a boy during the Second World War, but at least then we could see the enemy we were fighting and could prepare.

"This virus can't be seen, and we don't know where it is lurking."