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Sainsbury’s unveils volunteer shopping cards to help people self-isolating

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Sainsbury’s has become the latest supermarket to launch e-gift cards to make it easier for people to shop on behalf of the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

Customers can purchase the cards online and select how much they’d like to spend on their weekly shop, between £5 and £250.

The e-gift card will then be emailed directly to the person shopping on their behalf and it can be redeemed at checkout in store.

Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “During this challenging time, it’s more important than ever that we come together as a community. That includes supporting those who are kindly helping others to get the essential items they need. Our Volunteer Shopping Card will make it as easy as possible for our customers to do so.”

Waitrose, Asda and Marks & Spencer have all introduced similar cards to help the elderly and vulnerable who are self-isolating pay for their shopping in a ‘contact free’ manner.

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