Shopkeeper inundated with customers’ acts of kindness during pandemic


BIRMINGHAM: A Birmingham shopkeeper has told how his customers’ acts of kindness during the current pandemic have overwhelmed him. Baljinder Singh who runs Moorpool News and Wine in Harborne said his regulars have inundated him with offers to help the elderly or self-isolating during lockdown.

His story has been documented by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) which has been marking Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) by highlighting random acts of kindness that have been taking place across the region.

Baljinder Singh who runs Moorpool News and Wine in Harborne

He said: “I’ve only been running the shop for a few months but once the pandemic started we really noticed how generous people round here can be. So many of our customers have offered to deliver groceries and newspapers to people who can’t leave their home.

 “We even had a nurse from a local hospital come in and said if you’re stuck I can do deliveries for you. We thought that was so generous considering she’s probably working 12-hour shifts.

 Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to bring the West Midlands together and showcase all the wonderful things people have been doing to help one another. The smallest kind gesture can have a positive effect on the mental health of others and that’s something we should celebrate.