Meals on wheels service to be wheeled out for Chorley residents

Councillor Hasina Khan watches Dave Laithwaite serve lunch to Frances Murphy.

Councillor Hasina Khan watches Dave Laithwaite serve lunch to Frances Murphy.

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A meals on Wheels service for older people across Chorley is being extended to offer customers more meals at a cheaper rate.

The service, which was launched last year by Chorley Council, has proved a huge success with around 300 hot meals a week being delivered across the borough.

Residents who signed up to the scheme can have hot meals delivered seven days a week.

The council has currently subsidised three meals a week but has now decided to now increase it to five.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The subsidised price means that our older residents can get a hot, nutritious main meal and a dessert up to five days a week for just £3.65 per day.

“We decided to invest more money into this scheme because the health and wellbeing of our older residents is important to us.”

The meals have been provided Lancashire Fayre.

The Meals on Wheels scheme was originally trialled in Mawdesley, Croston, Eccleston and Bretherton. Its success saw more meals gradually rolled out across the borough.

Frances Murphy, a customer of Meals on Wheels, added: “I’m lucky, I have family that call in to see me every day, and I can get out and about with their help.

“But there are many who don’t see anyone from one day to the next.”

People who want to sign up for meals on wheels are asked to call Chorley Council on 01257 515151.