Charity works with businesses to deliver hot meals to self-isolators

L-R Elaine Trueman and Carl Foster (Chefs, Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington) and Dean Hodgson (Proprietor, White Swan Gilling West)

Two local businesses are helping a charity expand a new service delivering hot meals to those in Richmonshire most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The White Swan at Gilling West and Thorpe Farm at Greta Bridge have partnered with Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington’s own in-house Café Refresh to boost the service.

By delivering a nutritionally balanced two-course hot meal to the most vulnerable older people in the community for a minimal cost of only £5, the charity is aiming to ensure that they continue to get good nutrition during the current social distancing measures.

White Swan proprietor, Dean Hodgson and Thorpe Farm Proprietor Paul Barkes contacted the charity to offer the use of their kitchens to prepare meals and to allow the service to expand into Richmond and the surrounding area.

The service will started on Monday and will run 7 days a week.

If you are over 50 and have been told that you need to self-isolate or are a friend or family member you can book meals by calling 01325 741492 by 11am on the day needed or emailing

Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington chief executive officer Helen Hunter said: “We’re pleased to be working alongside the White Swan at Gilling West and Thorpe Farm to provide a two-course, nutritionally balanced hot meal delivery service into Richmond and surrounding area, in addition to deliveries from our café in Darlington.

“We hope to partner with other local food outlets to allow us to roll this out to other areas in North Yorkshire.”

The charity would like to hear from people who would be able to help support the work, either by volunteering to help with meal deliveries, shopping or by making a donation to help fund the service.

Donations should be made out to Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington by calling 01325 362832 or by going online at

If you are interested in partnering with Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington to provide kitchen and catering expertise to help expand the service into other parts of Richmondshire, Hambleton, Harrogate District and the Skipton area you can contact or call 01325 362832.

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  1. Car driver volunteering to shop , deliver or help in anyway those who can’t get out

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