Unsung hero Shaun is always happy to help elderly neighbours

Taking numerous trips to the shops, picking up prescriptions and doing odd jobs are duties kind-hearted Shaun Coughlan does every day.

Friday, 11th March 2016, 6:47 am

But the 67-year-old, from Waterlooville, does not do them for himself – he cares for his elderly neighbours.

Shaun was nominated as a We Can Do It T-shirt winner for being an unsung hero in his community.

Not only does he help his elderly neighbours, who live in sheltered housing, he loves every minute of it.

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He says: ‘I can’t do enough for them but it is great, I really love helping them.

‘They are so grateful for the smallest things and I am just chuffed that I can help.

‘They all have my phone number and all they have to do is call and tell me what they need doing. Sometimes, I have had to go to the shop 10 times a day.’

As well as picking up groceries and prescriptions, Shaun also orders in fish and chips once a week and holds bingo three nights a week.

He took those duties over from other people living in the sheltered accommodation.

‘For some of the fish and chip nights, I have had orders from 24 people,’ Shaun adds.

‘They all love the bingo as well and it gives them something to do.

‘Most of the people I help are in their 80s and 90s and don’t get out much so it’s nice we can do different things for them.’