A PLUCKY councillor has been donated a van after asking Blenheim Palace for a vehicle to deliver groceries to vulnerable people.

Merilyn Davies, a West Oxfordshire district councillor, has been given the van by Blenheim Estate so volunteers can make deliveries in her ward, Freeland and Hanborough.

She said: “I messaged the Blenheim CEO directly and he was quick to help.

“It’s really useful for us and what we’re doing.

“It’s such a relief to have it and it’s such a nice gesture from Blenheim.”

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The van has been donated free of charge, is insured and will be available as long as needed.

The councillor created the Hanborough COVID-19 mutual aid group on Facebook earlier this month to help her ward.

Residents are able to place an order up to £30 with the Co-op store in Long Hanborough, which the supermarket then relays to the councillor and her team of volunteers.

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“We’ve got enough champions helping out, with at least 30 signed up for the delivery service,” she said.

“The Co-op has been really helpful, it’s great to work with them and the community.”

There are also plans for the service to work with the local pharmacy.