Fire Brigade provides a different kind of emergency service

The Fire Brigade, a local secondary school and Selsdon community groups worked together to cook and deliver 160 meals to vulnerable residents last Friday.

The Fire Brigade didn’t resort to ‘blues and twos’ for their food deliveries in Selsdon

The catering staff at Croydon High opened up their kitchens during the school’s Easter holiday to prepare the meals for elderly and vulnerable residents across Selsdon who have to stay indoors during the covid-19 crisis. The food was paid for by the Sanderstead and Selsdon Rotary Club and delivered by the local Fire brigade and an army of resident volunteers.

The delivery service marked the end of the fourth week of operation of the Selsdon Food Hub Service, which has bought together local churches, charities and businesses across Selsdon to make sure that no resident is left feeling lonely or isolated in these uncertain times.

Over the last few weeks the group has organised street champions to look after every road in the area, made thousands of befriending telephone calls and provided emergency food bags and meals to vulnerable residents living in the local area.

Lisa Hart and the catering team at Croydon High opened up the kitchens to cook the meals

Jasmine Singh, of Selsdon Contact, said, “The meals we were able to deliver on Friday were a real blessing to the elderly and vulnerable clients we look after.

“We are now in touch with more than 350 residents across Selsdon and the feedback we get from our telephone calls is truly heartwarming.

“I think some of our clients have been more excited this week about having their food delivered by a fireman than actually receiving the food!

“The great thing about this week was that we were able to provide the Food Stop service on Monks Hill with some meals as well.”

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