Llamas deliver food to elderly people stuck inside during pandemic

Matt Yorke, 39, and fiancé Alex, 40, have put their llamas to good use (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE/This Morning/ITV)

A couple has been surprising elderly people in their Welsh valley by using llamas to deliver food during the coronavirus pandemic.

Matt Yorke, 39, and fiancé Alex, 40, decided they wanted to help reduce the risk for local vulnerable people who are stuck inside isolating amid the crisis in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

After realising they were the youngest people in the area, the pair began going to the shops to pick up essentials for people.

However, after struggling with the roads, the twosome, who run trekking business Pembrokeshire Llamas, had a genius idea.

They are now ‘brightening’ up people’s days by using their llamas to navigate the bumpy roads.

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Speaking to This Morning, Matt said they came up with the idea of deliveries after realising their animals were ‘sitting around not doing anything’.

He said: ‘We’re probably the youngest people in the valley. ‘When lockdown started we thought, “What can we do?”

‘We have all these people who are proud and independent, but going out to the shops…we didn’t like the idea of people putting themselves at risk.’

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The llama deliveries ‘brighten’ people’s days (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)
The farmer says he didn’t like the idea of people putting themselves at risk (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

‘So we started picking up shopping for them when doing our own shopping and we were dropping it down to them.

‘But the roads aren’t great and my car suspension was going and we thought, “We have these llamas sitting around not doing anything”.’

When asked how locals react when they open their doors to a llama, he said: ‘They’re pretty surprised, obviously it’s not every day you see a llama on your doorstep. It’s been really positive from most people I think.’

He added: ‘It’s a nice surprise, just giving people a bit of variety, and brightening their day and obviously at this time, any bit of joy is a good thing’.

It comes after a man diagnosed with terminal cancer revealed he has daily meals delivered to his window in a bucket by a kind-hearted couple who own a local sandwich shop.

Speaking to, John Goodfellow, 64, said the service has been ‘brilliant’ ever since he went into isolation months ago.

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