Ladies prove Handy at keeping elderly fed
CLEANERS have put down their mops and buckets to provide free meals and food parcels to their vulnerable clients.
Handy Ladies, a cleaning company in Stockport were unable to conduct their usual home-cleaning services due to lockdown restrictions so decided to help older people in their community.
They provided those who were shielding with food deliveries and pre-cooked meals, with demand reaching 180 free meals a day with a record high of 720 a week.
The company has been relying solely on donations of food, resources and volunteer delivery drivers to make the deliveries.
Home Instead Stockport, which provides home care to people living in the borough allowing them to remain independent, volunteered to help.
Hayley Fallon, community relations manager at Home Instead Stockport, has been volunteering as a driver on weekdays.
She said: “The Handy Ladies have truly been community champions throughout this pandemic, selflessly dedicating their free time to cooking and caring for the elderly and vulnerable in our local area.
“Their efforts were so aligned with ours at Home Instead that we felt honoured to be able to help them in whatever ways we could.”
Handy Ladies plan on continuing the food deliveries post-lockdown, and Hayley added that the initiative has shown the community coming together.