Melton takes part in Meals on Wheels road relay

Ian Clarke was one of the drivers who took part in the Meals on Wheels road relay PICTURE: Tim Williams
Ian Clarke was one of the drivers who took part in the Meals on Wheels road relay PICTURE: Tim Williams
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Providers of meals-on-wheels to vulnerable people in the East Midlands took part in a 300-mile road relay through eight counties to raise awareness of their activities.

They passed through Melton en route with driver Ian Clarke making a changeover at the Anne of Cleves pub in Burton Road.

The Leicestershire-based ICare group took part in the effort which involved 14 different stages, starting at 7am in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and finishing in Herefordshire at around 5pm.

It was organised to coincide with the nationwide Community Meals Week campaign, which highlights how important it is to 
promote health and well-being in the population, particularly during harsh winters.

Dave Houseman, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The slogan for this year’s event is ‘any time, any place, we care’ and I think that really sums up what the community meals service is all about.

“But it’s not just about hydration and nutrition as, crucially, the regular daily contact and those little but important tasks carried out enables many people to maintain their independence and continue to live happily at home and in their own communities.”

Further details about the meals-on-wheels scheme are available at www.leics.gov.uk/community_meals or on (0116) 305 0004.