Release date: 21 May 2018
West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels service, provided by apetito, served up the free cream teas to residents who wanted to mark the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.
John Figgins, West Sussex County Council’s head of catering services, said: “Many of our residents were watching the royal wedding with interest, and our Meals on Wheels customers were no exception to this.
“Elderly and often living on their own, they may not have seen anyone else on the day of the wedding other than their Meals on Wheels driver.
“So hopefully the free cream tea was a welcome little treat to enjoy in the afternoon whilst watching the happy event on television. It certainly seems to have gone down very well indeed.”
Apetito produces nutritious meals for hospitals, care homes and community services across the country. Meals can be booked for short periods or longer term and are delivered seven days a week, 365 days a year to suit a variety of dietary requirements. They are delivered hot between 11am and 2pm and are cooked en-route in specialist Chefmobile vehicles.
This service not only provides nutritious meals but also makes sure older people have contact with people who conduct a brief Safe and Well check upon delivery of their meal. The service is available to all West Sussex postcodes.
Amanda Jupp, the county council’s cabinet member for adults and health, said: “It is wonderful to see so many of the council’s Meals on Wheels customers enjoying the royal wedding and their free cream teas.
“Meals on Wheels is a vital lifeline for so many people. It helps to promote health and wellbeing as well as enabling some of the county’s more vulnerable residents to remain independent within their own homes.
“As a service it supports people to live independent, safe and healthy lives on a day-to-day basis, but this weekend’s deliveries were extra special. I am delighted that they were so well received.”