AN OXFORD man is using his electric car to offer free lifts for key workers who are out of fuel.
Jesper Ekelund, who lives in East Oxford, said in a post on Facebook: “Hoping the fuel situation gets sorted soon around Oxford and the UK. In the meantime, if you are a key worker needing to get somewhere and you are stuck without fuel then PM me.
“Electric car driver here and happy to give any lifts if I can.”
Jesper says no one has responded for help yet but he has helped voluntary group Oxford Mutual Aid with deliveries.
He said: “I haven’t had any requests from key workers yet but Oxford Mutual Aid reached out to ask if I could deliver food parcels. So I delivered some yesterday and will be doing another batch today.”
Oxford Mutual Aid delivers more than 400 food parcels a week by car to 400 households across the county. Its Chair of Directors Muireann Meehan Speed said the current lack of fuel ‘is putting a serious strain on us, and we are really struggling’.
The group is also in need of more volunteers.
Asked how Jesper feels about owning an electric car while thousands of motorists struggle to fill-up their tanks with fuel, he said: “I’m obviously pleased to be insulated from the crisis personally, but it still affects us all directly or indirectly and I take no pleasure in seeing the queues at petrol stations or reading reports of ambulances struggling to get fuel for example.”
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