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Game of Thrones make-up artist uses social media to help NI food firms deliver to self-isolating people

A make-up artist from Belfast has set up social media accounts to bring together independent food retailers that are delivering to homes during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Katrina Doran, who worked on the last three series of Game of Thrones, has set up Who is Delivering? It uses Facebook and Instagram to showcase enterprises like farm shops and delis that are now offering delivery services province-wide.

In just three days of operating, the Facebook and Instagram accounts have drawn in more than 100 businesses.

With the film and TV industry in which she works shut down, Katrina began thinking about how she could help people in need.

"Originally I thought it should be an app, but I wanted to do a minimal and viable trial of this," she explained.

"Within about two hours, people were tagging me into businesses that were delivering. It snowballed quickly."

One of those retailers was artisan food shop Two Sisters in east Belfast.

Owner Victoria Nicol said: "The country still needs to eat and our small producers depend on retail.

"I feel like I have a responsibility to stay in business to do that (help people eat).

"We may be at the start of our journey, but we are getting a huge amount of support and that seems to be at the forefront of people's minds - how do we help others?"

Ms Nicol said food supplies had been strong and "without issues".

Among the store's suppliers is Ulster Rugby player Louis Ludik, who sells a range of sausages and burgers and who with two of his team-mates has been helping make deliveries for Two Sisters.

French Village, Michael Deane's Deanes 2 U and Belfast's Sawers are also on board with deliveries while many taxi firms are supplying their services to food stores and outlets that would not otherwise have transport.

Belfast Telegraph