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Meals on wheels service set to expand
5:00pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
A CHARITY-RUN meals on wheels service which launched last month has unveiled ambitious expansion plans.
Almost 40 older people in Thirsk and Sowerby are having two-course meals cooked by the town’s Black Lion pub delivered to their door by Thirsk Community Care volunteers.
Managers of the project, which has initially been funded by The Surviving Winter Fund, say it will have to become self-sustaining from clients' fees from March.
Ellen Cross, chief officer of Thirsk Community Care, said the service would need 70 clients to remain viable and that she aimed to expand the catchment area beyond its current three-mile radius from Thirsk town centre.
She appealed to the families of older people and residents, particularly in isolated villages, who think their neighbours may benefit from a healthy daily meal to consider using the service.
Mrs Cross said since its launch in December, the service had received excellent feedback from clients and was being recommended by a dietician at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
She said: “Meals on Wheels is a vital service; not only does it ensure that vulnerable adults have the opportunity to receive at least one wholesome and freshly prepared meal a day, but it also means they are visited in their home which can bring great comfort to carers and families knowing those they care about are being checked on.”
The service will also provide two-course meals for £5 from Tuesday to Friday at Norby Community Centre. For details, or to volunteer, call 01845-523115 or email email@example.com