A STOURBRIDGE print firm boss is offering free kindness cards to help those self-isolating who may need support.

Steve Jones, who runs Direct2Print in Coventry Street, has printed off a batch of cards after being inspired by a news article about a woman's viral postcard campaign.

The cards can be posted through people's letterboxes and residents can call numbers provided by volunteers if they need help with shopping, posting mail or other daily tasks.

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Mr Jones said: "It's very troubling times.

"I was a bit gloomy and doomy but I thought let's do something positive. I cannot claim the original idea but we are trying to help and support where possible. One customer has picked up 500 of the cards to distribute in their local area."

He said Stourbridge is "a great town and the local traders are so supportive of each other and there's some good people out there" but he said the town centre had a "strange feeling about it this morning, it feels isolated; there is no hustle or bustle".

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His printing business used to be based on Hagley Road in Stourbridge but Mr Jones moved it into the town centre when he took over two years ago and he said: "It was just beginning to get back to where it was and should be and this has come along." But he stressed: "I'm not going down without a fight."

The cards are available and free to collect (maximum six per customer) from Direct2Print, Coventry Street, which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Mr Jones is also in the process of setting up a group to help bring traders in the town together during this difficult period.