A month into lockdown and the Fair Close Centre’s Meals on Wheels service is now delivering nearly 1000 two-course meals every week, including a full roast dinner on Sundays, thanks to a major grant from the Greenham Trust via their Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. For over 52 years, Fair Close has been providing hot meals at their Centre in Newtown Road and delivering meals on wheels in the Newbury area but when the Coronavirus crisis closed down the Centre, Age Concern Newbury & District which runs Fair Close entered into a partnership with the Greenham Trust, Newbury Racecourse, Swift Logistics and Stream Networks to scale up their operation to meet the increasing demand.
Chair of Age Concern Newbury & District, Mrs Josie Reed said, “We are enormously grateful to the Greenham Trust for the massive support that they have given to the Meals on Wheels partnership. Like many charities in the UK, we have seen our income stream dry up at a crucial time when the elderly in our area needed our help more than ever before. Thanks to the Greenham Trust our Meals on Wheels service has not only continued but expanded to meet the rising demand’.
Meals are delivered by the 80-strong army of volunteers according to strict social distancing and hygiene protocols and every volunteer has undergone a DBS check. The volunteers check in on people as they deliver their lunch to make sure that they are staying well and report back to the Fair Close Welfare team who can respond to those in need and keep in telephone contact on a regular basis.
Thanks to the Greenham Trust, Fair Close Centre has also been able to make use of a Hardship Fund to ensure that hot meals are delivered to everyone who needs them, especially those who are having financial difficulties. This has proved an essential service for an increasing number of people in West Berkshire as the lockdown continues.
Please help us to ensure that we can continue to feed older people within our community by donating to the Greenham Trust Emergency Coronavirus Appeal here Greenham Trust will match every donation £1 for £1 and you can be sure that your donation will go to help those most urgently in need in your local area.
If you or anyone you know would like to order a hot meal delivery or if you are concerned about an older or vulnerable person living near you, please call Fair Close on 01635 40488.