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RED BULL TO THE RESCUE - APRIL 2020

Malmesbury’s Red Bull Inn has stepped in to support local charity Heals of Malmesbury with its emergency ‘Meals on Wheels’ service to more than 100 people in the town. The food delivery service for vulnerable individuals and families in the Malmesbury area has entered its sixth week, with more than 1,500 free meals delivered to the doorstep by a team of 12 volunteers.

The Red Bull on Bristol Road just outside Malmesbury, has replaced the 40 meals provided three times a week to vulnerable local residents previously donated by Malmesbury’s Waitrose Partners‎. "We are so grateful to Dave and Nicola Moody for their kindness. We knew the 40 free meals from Waitrose would end,‎ as their donations budget was fully spent. Tesco Tetbury helped us out with 25 meals last week, but that was not sustainable,” said Heals Chair of Trustees Gavin Grant.

“We heard the Red Bull were selling take away food and might be willing to help. They have got off to a great start. Two of their three meals each week are hot, so we cut down the lengths of our delivery runs and use more volunteer drivers. “The Co-op have given us thermal bags‎ like those pizza delivery companies use. These keep food hot and can be wiped down to help protect against the virus. Friday was our first hot delivery and a special day on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. I can't think of a better way to celebrate it than delivering 40 portions of hot ‎fish and chips!” Mr Grant added. Calcot Hotel & Spa in Tetbury continues to provide freshly prepared meals as part of the temporary Heals service. The hotel has so far given more than 1,000 main courses and desserts, collected by volunteer drivers from Malmesbury’s Cartmell Community Minibus three times a week and brought to Malmesbury for distribution.

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