Local charity Heals of Malmesbury, in partnership with Malmesbury Town Council, has launched an emergency ‘meals on wheels’ service. The service supports isolated and elderly people and vulnerable families during the Covid-19 crisis. The pre-prepared meals are thanks to an initiative led by Richard Davies, executive chef at Tetbury hotel Calcot & Spa, and privately funded by Calcot’s principle shareholders, the Stone Family
“We were delighted when Richard got in touch to say Calcot’s kitchen would prepare a main course and pudding three times a week, free of charge, to deliver to Malmesbury residents in need during the emergency,” said Heals Chair of Trustees Cllr Gavin Grant.
The two course meals are freshly and professionally prepared and just need reheating. The food is being delivered by a team of volunteer drivers recruited by Malmesbury Town Council. All the meals are collected from the hotel by Malmesbury’s Cartmell Community Minibus to minimise the number of vehicles on the road.
“Working with Town Councillors, lunch clubs and Heals Service Users, we have contacted people who would benefit most from regular hot food. We already have 50 on our list and the numbers are still growing, Gavin said.
“It really is fantastic to see Richard and his team helping in this way, not only providing meals for Malmesbury, but also in Tetbury and Nailsworth, as well as Sherston and Luckington, co-ordinated by Sherston Parish Councillor Martin Smith,.
“We are so grateful everyone who has stepped forward to turn Richard and his team’s generosity into a temporary home delivery ‘meals on wheels’ service. We hope it will continue through the crisis.” he added.