Elland’s Thai takeaway café, SukanThai Food, is offering to pick up shopping for vulnerable people in the area and anyone self-isolating during the Coronavirus crisis.

The cafe has launched a new free delivery service to get hot food out to customers during the crisis.

Owner Kiyara A-Roonchai says that, while she’s out and about delivering, she would be happy to pick up supplies for those who can’t get out – even if they’ve not ordered anything from the takeaway themselves.

The deliveries, covering Elland, Brighouse and the surrounding area, can be completely contact-free with the food left in a pre-arranged place requested by the customer.

Kiyara said: “So many local businesses have now arranged for their staff to work from home and we appreciate that they’re no longer in a position to go out for something to eat. There are also people self-isolating who’d benefit from having a nice hot meal cooked for them and brought to their door.

“We’ll ring the customer when the delivery is about to be made, so they can tell us where to leave the food, then there’s no need for any personal contact with the driver. We’re starting the service between 4.30pm and 8.30pm, our most popular times, but will hope to expand this shortly to meet whatever demand there is and, if someone is really in need of a hot meal, or even some shopping, we will do what it takes to get it to them.

“These are difficult times for everyone, when we all need to look out for each other – and we’d like to thank our loyal customers for continuing to support us through the crisis.”

SukanThai Food is in Southgate, Elland, and opened just a year and a half ago. The number to call to order your food and arrange free delivery, or to ask for emergency shopping assistance is 01422 377779.