Marlborough prepares to launch Meals on Wheels service

The Jubilee team, from left, Rita Fitzpatrick, Audry Williams and Carol Walker get ready to help

The Jubilee team, from left, Rita Fitzpatrick, Audry Williams and Carol Walker get ready to help

First published in News by , Senior reporter for Marlborough and Pewsey

The Jubilee Centre in Marlborough has launched a Meals on Wheels scheme for the New Year and is looking for residents who would benefit from the service and volunteers to help it run smoothly.

Hot meals can be delivered from noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Marlborough residents who are having difficulties cooking for themselves.

The scheme is aimed at people who have just come out of hospital, are feeling physically or mentally unwell, cannot get to the shops or have a carer or relative who needs a break from cooking.

On both days residents will receive a main and a dessert and on Thursdays they will also get soup.

Meals will be freshly prepared in the morning along with the others prepared for the centre and will be delivered to residents in a polystyrene container for £5.

The centre already provides hot meals to two residents and decided to launch Meals on Wheels because it believes there are more elderly residents in the area who would benefit.

Jubilee Centre manager Carole Walker said: “There isn’t a scheme like this in the town – a lot of people use Wiltshire Farm Foods but they have to heat the food themselves, there isn’t a service that delivers hot food to the door.

“The scheme works so well in other towns and there are people in the Marlborough area who have reached an age where they cannot cook hot meals for themselves or they have just got out of hospital.”

A volunteer has already come forward who can deliver to houses within walking distance of the Jubilee Centre but drivers are needed.

Ms Walker said: “We see this being quite a local service so volunteers shouldn’t have to travel more than a mile and a half from the centre.”

For more information or to volunteer, call (01672) 513087.

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