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The History of the Idea

By the Founder - Ian Mabb

In 2014 I realised my parents could no longer get to their local supermarket. My mother was house-bound and my father had just stopped driving. I lived 80 miles away, but obviously I wanted to help, so I suggested to Mum and Dad I would order their groceries online and have them delivered to them. After a few weeks we had a nice routine. We quickly worked out it was much easier to assign a number to each of the items they needed. Dad would ring me on Sunday night and give me the ‘bingo numbers’. There were around thirty ‘Regulars’. For ease of reference we used more numbers for ‘irregular’ items. After a while the process was really slick and we cut the ordering time down greatly, which meant Dad and I could talk about more interesting things!
Some are happily ordering their groceries online. One lady is very open about what this means for her. Were it not for shopping online she would have been in a home for years. She desparately wants to go on living in her bungalow independently - despite suffering from multiple sclerosis - and this she has been able to do, in no small part due to buying her groceries via the web. Others just cannot get used to the technology or are deeply mistrustful of it. They will never shop online as they are worried about security when using credit or debit cards.
Very sadly, both my parents died within a few weeks of each other in 2016, but the germ of an idea had been sown with the shopping arrangement we had. Since 2005 I have run Tutors 4 Computers . We teach people how to use their laptops, tablets and mobiles etc in their own homes. Most of our clients are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. A sizeable number of them could well end up in the same position as Mum and Dad. Owing to an increasing lack of mobility and the development of other health problems, getting to the shops can be a real issue for them. They also have no-one to do the shopping for them.
Many older clients of Tutors 4 Computers do use a computer but will not pay for goods online, just like many thousands of others throughout the country. There are well over five million people in the UK who never use a computer or go online at all (Mar 2019 - ONS study). The vast majority are aged 65 plus. Of this huge number of people there are many who are experiencing real problems physically getting to the shops. Then there are those who also lack anyone they can rely on to go for them. These are just the sort of people we can help.
The service was born from personal experience
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The History of the Idea

By the Founder - Ian Mabb

In 2014 I realised my parents could no longer get to their local supermarket. My mother was house-bound and my father had just stopped driving. I lived 80 miles away, but obviously I wanted to help, so I suggested to Mum and Dad I would order their groceries online and have them delivered to them. After a few weeks we had a nice routine. We quickly worked out it was much easier to assign a number to each of the items they needed. Dad would ring me on Sunday night and give me the ‘bingo numbers’. There were around thirty ‘Regulars’. For ease of reference we used more numbers for ‘irregular’ items. After a while the process was really slick and we cut the ordering time down greatly, which meant Dad and I could talk about more interesting things!