A pub landlady is appealing for help to deliver 1,000 hot meals a week to elderly and vulnerable people during the coronavirus lockdown.
The 59-year-old has owned The Crown pub – also known as The Corner Pin – in Butt Lane for five years and had extra food left over when she had to close the doors over a week ago because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Along with her niece, Donna Ludrigan and Becki Johnstone – who was recently appointed as Kidsgrove co-ordinator for the Coronavirus (CV) Welfare Group – the meals were cooked and delivered to the community.
Each person received three home cooked meals to keep them going, along with a box of chocolates and a hand-written note.
Now Jacqui wants to continue her good work to make sure that even more people can benefit from her kindness – but she needs your help.
Jacqui and her team will be making deliveries of 500 meals every Tuesday and Friday to ensure those in need are well stocked with tasty home-cooked meals.
They have been delivering all over the Kidsgrove area – as well as reaching vulnerable people in Church Lawton, Holmes Chapel, Talke Pits and Chesterton.
Jacqui explained: “Over the past two days we have distributed around 800 meals to people in need – I have another 500 to go out tomorrow.
“People have been so generous with donating potatoes and veg but we really need more meat.
“We have set up a Go Fund Me page and if people could donate we would be so grateful. We can then use this money to buy food and continue to deliver meals to people in need.”
Jacqui explained that unlike spuds and veg – which she is inundated with – people are reluctant to donate meat products due to various issues with health and safety.
When the pub closed, Jacqui took a lot of her cooking equipment home and has been able to continue cooking whilst self-isolating.
Jacqui added: “We are getting a lot of new people coming to us saying they need help. Yesterday we added 11 people to our list and over the past week it’s been at least five a day.
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“We don’t want to see anyone go without – but we do need more help. With about 500 meals being delivered each time, we will be making about 1,000 a week for people in need.”
Jacqui and Donna have been working hard to cook the food, which include classic home-cooked meals such as cottage pie, lobby and corned beef hash.
Then Becki and her team of volunteers distribute it, making sure to practice good social distancing whilst doing so.
Jacqui said former locals of her pub have also stepped up to help make deliveries.
She added: “It’s amazing to be able to do it – but we could do with some more help if people are able to.”
The selfless team have already doubled their original target of £300, with donations on their Go Fund Me page already hitting over £650. All money raised will go towards buying food to make meals for those in need.
If you are able to and would like to help you can donate here.
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