Leeds Rhinos Foundation helping deliver hot meals for elderly residents

Staff from Leeds Rhinos Foundation have been volunteering their time by working in partnership with local community organisations New Wortley Community Association and St George’s Crypt as well as Mecca Bingo, Leeds to help deliver hot meals and food parcels for elderly residents left isolated.

With already insecure supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all donations down compared with their last reporting year, the Crypt could have found it a challenge to provide a substantial meal for everyone. With the cold weather looming, there are few things more important for homeless and vulnerably housed people than a filling, nutritious meal.

The use of Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s minibus has been a great help to the charity, enabling them to easily transport and deliver these meals around the city to some of the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals, including those supported by the New Wortley Community Association social hub.

With Foundation hubs also playing their part in helping to package up the meals, it has proven to be a real team effort and incredibly worthwhile for all involved. It has also given them the important opportunity to complete check-ins and have a friendly chat with the residents, vital at a time like this when loneliness and social isolation is proving to be a key challenge for older people during the health crisis.

Bob Bowman, Chief Operating Officer at Leeds Rhinos Foundation, said: “I would like to thank our staff for once again volunteering their time to make a big contribution to our city. Well done to all the staff involved for all their hard work and continued commitment to supporting our community in any way possible during these incredibly difficult and strange times.”

Support Leeds Rhinos Foundation at the Leeds Big Sleep

On Friday 5th February hundreds of volunteers across the city will taking part in the Leeds Big Sleep to raise money for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice.

This year’s event will take place virtually on 5th February 2021, with people asked to sleep in the most unusual, uncomfortable place they can find to raise much-needed funds in support of our city’s most vulnerable people. That could mean sleeping in the garage, bathroom or even the garden!

GET INVOLVED

TO REGISTER YOUR PLACE FOR THE 2021 LEEDS BIG SLEEP IN, VISIT http://bit.ly/LeedsBigSleepIn.

Click HERE to download a brochure for the 2021 Leeds Big Sleep In.

For more information, please contact tracey.mearns@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.