A BAGEL shop in Colchester is helping to keep frontline workers fed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bagel Dough, based in Sir Isaac’s Walk, has been taking special deliveries to hospitals and care homes.

The business, which opened in the town this year, is run by Lillie Stone and business partner Jake Anderson.

The pair have set up a fundraising page to ask people to donate to help pay for the boxes of bagels.

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Lillie said: “We decided to set up a Go Fund me page because we really want to spread the word.

“We want to get as many donations to help us feed as many NHS, care home and key worker staff as physically possible.

“These people are putting their lives on the line to save ours and our families and we are more grateful than they could ever imagine as we know everyone is too.

“Our NHS staff are working non stop around the clock during the coronavirus epidemic and they barely have time to stop and eat, we would like to help.

“Any donation is greatly appreciated and if we all pull together then what an epic result we will achieve.”

So far the shop has made delivers to Colchester and Clacton hospitals and Broomfield in Chelmsford.

They have handed over filled bagels including meat and vegan options and doughnuts and snacks.

Lillie added: “We are hoping to cater for up to 300 people per day every day for as long as we can and as this is not for profit, all donations and help would be greatly appreciated.”

To donate visit gf.me/u/xt2z92.

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