Charity steps up daily hot meal service to Richmondshire residents

Age UK kitchen team makes meals for Richmondshire residents.

A charity is stepping up its hot meal delivery service in Richmondshire — and is looking for volunteers to help deliver the meals.

Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington is now offering a two-course hot meal delivered to your door for £6.50 a day, including Sunday lunch.

The charity is able to offer the service throughout the Richmond and Catterick Garrison area to anyone aged over 55.

The charity currently has thanked the 35 volunteers it currently has, but has also appealed for more people to help.

Age UK’s organiser in Richmond, Kate Marriott, said a hot tasty meal delivered to the door has been a lifeline for residents.

As well as delivering hot meals, the volunteers are also helping with shopping, prescription supplies and telephone calls.

Kate said the volunteers ranged from aged 20 to 94 put themselves out every day to make sure older people weren’t left feeling isolated or lonely.

“The 35 volunteers are truly amazing, and come from all walks of life, from being a student to working full time or taking time out in their retirement to help.

“I know how much the volunteers have got back from helping, and how rewarding it is. Lasting friendships have been made, and even a phone call can make all the difference to someone living on their own, and feeling alone.”

Kate added: “Our hot meals on wheel- style service offers a nutritionally balanced two course hot meal delivered directly to your house.

“Featuring traditional fayre and brought to the door cooked and ready to eat, this provides a wholesome “home cooked” alternative to frozen ready meals.

“The meals are delivered to the door by trained and vetted Age UK volunteers who also provide a quick check to make sure that the recipient is okay.”

Kate works closely with organisations across Richmondshire to provide valuable support for those who need it most.

The charity also runs a key Information and Advice service for older people and their families who are struggling to get information just when they need it most.

At Christmas Kate coordinated a huge appeal to help older people feeling alone and over 500 festively filled shoe boxes were delivered by Kate and volunteers across the area.

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the charity aims to resume normal service providing activities and coffee mornings at Richmond Town Hall.

People interested in volunteering can get in touch with Kate on 07483 058847 or email

To find out more about the hot meals delivery service, call 01325 362832.

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