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Great Cornard taxi firm Cooks Private Hire offers lifeline for self-isolating residents by making door-to-door deliveries




A family-run car hire firm is striving to provide a vital lifeline to those self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak, after much of its business dried up since the public lockdown began.

Cooks Private Hire, which operates out of Great Cornard, is offering to collect and deliver grocery orders and medical prescriptions to support vulnerable people living in Sudbury and the surrounding villages, who are unable to leave their homes.

It is collaborating with a number of local businesses, including Sudbury-based butcher shop Jamie’s Meat Inn, and confirmed it will try to facilitate any request from residents, adding that the car is thoroughly cleaned between each job to ensure the health and safety of clients.

Cooks Private Hire.Great Cornard, Suffolk.David and Rebecca Cook are using their car hire business, Cooks Private Hire, to collect and deliver food orders and medical prescriptions for people in self-isolation due to coronavirus.Picture by Mark Westley. (34257162)
Cooks Private Hire.Great Cornard, Suffolk.David and Rebecca Cook are using their car hire business, Cooks Private Hire, to collect and deliver food orders and medical prescriptions for people in self-isolation due to coronavirus.Picture by Mark Westley. (34257162)

The taxi business was set up in October by David Cook, a former employee at Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury for 30 years, and his wife Rebecca, who has previously worked with people with learning difficulties.

Rebecca told the Free Press their new venture had been very busy and thriving, up until the Government announced the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It was challenging emotionally, because nobody knew what was going to happen,” she said. “There was a lot of disruption.

Cooks Private Hire.Great Cornard, Suffolk.David and Rebecca Cook are using their car hire business, Cooks Private Hire, to collect and deliver food orders and medical prescriptions for people in self-isolation due to coronavirus.Picture by Mark Westley. (34257170)
Cooks Private Hire.Great Cornard, Suffolk.David and Rebecca Cook are using their car hire business, Cooks Private Hire, to collect and deliver food orders and medical prescriptions for people in self-isolation due to coronavirus.Picture by Mark Westley. (34257170)

“We had a lot of bookings for holidays and so on, then everything started dropping off.

“From a business perspective, we looked at what we could do to help. We’re trying to turn it into a positive.”

To contact Cooks Private Hire, telephone 01787 827404 or text your request to 07767 430737.

Alternatively, you can get in touch via the company’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

For more information, go to www.cooksprivatehire.com.


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