Funding boost for Northumberland meals on wheels project

A meals on wheels service formed to help communities during the Covid pandemic has marked its first anniversary with a cash boost.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 8:00 am
Ian Craigs with the volunteers at The Masonic Meals on Wheels Project.

The Masonic Meals on Wheels Project began in lodges in Bedlington and Ashington in South East Northumberland at the start of lockdown with just a few recipients.

It now averages 120 meals per week being delivered to vulnerable and isolated members of lodges and their families, delivering to Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Morpeth, North Tyneside and Hexham.

Each delivery includes soup and a traditional roast dinner with more than 30 volunteer drivers helping out every Sunday.

Now it has received £16,450 from the Northumberland Freemasons to ensure the work continues until at least September.

Organisers Paul Dunning and Jim Grant were delighted at the donation and certificates of thanks from Ian Craigs, head of Northumberland Freemasons.

Jim said: “At first we were all about providing food during lockdown but now it’s more than that – it’s about connecting vulnerable people and being a lifeline for them, it’s being someone to say hello to and someone to help if they are poorly or in need of support.”

Paul added: “The generous donation will ensure that we continue with our work into the Autumn and hopefully beyond.

"Our volunteers are engaging with the recipients and it’s a really effective community service that we need to keep going.”

Ian said: ”The volunteers are out every Sunday no matter what the weather or their own personal commitments and we wanted to formally say thank you to them for their dedication and service.

"I’m very proud of each and every one of them and long may the project continue.”