By Matthew Gain
Published on 12 Mar 21 at 17:13
Without the well being disaster of the Covid-19 and its restrictions, they may by no means have crossed paths or spoken. AT Quimper (Finistere), Pierre Cousin lives nonetheless solely 5 minutes stroll from the home of Tania Calderbank and her husband.
Their first assembly dates again to the first confinement, decreed on March 17, 2020. Pierre Cousin, 56, a retired naval engineer officer, is one in every of the volunteers mobilized by the city corridor of Quimper to assist the aged and / or remoted.
It is a query of going to provide their races, to convey them medicines… “At the time, there was no mask, no hydroalcoholic gel. My husband and I are elderly and we were told not to go out. Going to the supermarket was to take a big risk for our health, ”says Tania Calderbank.
Confidence and smiles
This former language instructor is of Russian origin; her husband, of English origin. Their household doesn’t dwell in Brittany. Tania Calderbank due to this fact appealed to the city corridor. Pierre Cousin then recovers a first drive of races. Confidence is shortly established. “We instantly hit it off and the dialog began. Despite the masks, we will simply guess the smiles in the eyes. “
A year later, in March 2021, Pierre Cousin continues to provide this service to this couple, once a month. Out of friendship.
It’s in my nature, my DNA. I like to be of service to people and to feel useful. And then, going to collect a drive, it only takes me 30 minutes.
One year of isolation
Since January 2021, he and other volunteers from the municipal civil security reserve have been mobilized at the entrance to the vaccination center against the Covid of Quimper. Pierre Cousin ensures the reception.
During the first confinement, he also went shopping for two other families. But “the present didn’t cross in the identical manner” and the links did not last. Tania Calderbank continues: “My husband and I have been following the instructions for a year, limiting our trips and visits to our friends. I find it starting to take a long time and it’s psychologically tough. “
With Pierre Cousin, nonetheless, they start to plan a convivial second for their respective households to get to know one another. History to seal their friendship.