A Liverpool taxi firm is supporting local charities during the coronavirus outbreak by providing essentials for free.

Alpha Taxis, which recently launched a delivery service for those too vulnerable to leave their homes, is now working with local charities to help out even more.

Collaborating with Home Bargains, Alpha Taxis purchased thousands of pounds worth of essentials, including tinned food, hair products, baby wipes, sanitary products, nappies and more.

Thanks to Home Bargains selling their products at warehouse prices, Alpha Taxis were able to purchase more than initially expected.

The products have now been delivered to local charities Everton in the Community, Liverpool FC Foundation, The Big Help Project and North Liverpool Foodbank.

The Big Help Project thanked Alpha Taxis on Facebook, and wrote: “Thank you so much to Alpha Taxis for all of your incredible support to Knowsley Foodbank including donating bags that we can use to store our food parcels.

“If you can't leave the house to buy your shopping, they have made a contact-free delivery option to collect and deliver food, groceries, chemist items and so on. They have also installed plastic screens in their cars as an extra precaution.”

A spokesperson for Alpha Taxis said: "Alpha has had requests from customers’ in our community who have been struggling to get essential items in this period and we have helped these customers’ as best as we can.

"We then thought about the wider community and that there will be plenty of people across the city who are struggling in the same way.

"We contacted local charity organisations; Everton in the Community, Liverpool FC Foundation, North Liverpool Foodbank and The Big Help Project to see what essential items are needed at this moment in time.

"We compiled a list and then contacted Home Bargains who agreed we could purchase plenty of items at cost price to distribute out through these charities.

"We are pleased that we could help. We would urge anybody who can, to help those in need in our city region at this uncertain time."