A Preston food entrepreneur has donated over 7,000 of her ready meals to feed vulnerable and self-isolating people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement
Kirsty Henshaw, who set up the free-from brand Kirsty’s a decade ago, split the donation across church outreach groups, The Foxton Centre, and Age Concern Central Lancashire.
Kirsty said: “Growing up in Preston, I’ve seen the fantastic work The Foxton Centre and Age Concern deliver year-round to those in our community who need it most. I knew they’d be even more stretched under the restrictions Covid-19 has placed on them and those who rely on their generosity.
“We’re delighted that our donation will enable people who need it most to enjoy a hot meal, especially those with allergies who will be finding getting their hands on food to meet their needs even more of a challenge than usual.”
The co-ordinator of the project said: “This is such a challenging time, donations like this are helping to feed thousands of people who are falling through the cracks of society. We’re really grateful when businesses can offer their support as it makes such a huge difference.”
A representative of Preston Minster who leads outreach schemes in the area said: “There are always gaps in services, which are in fact people’s lives.
“The team are seeing an escalation in the number of individuals and families needing food and essential items. Everything they have done so far has been enabled by the compassion and generosity of business leaders and local people.”
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While Kirsty has been pleased to be able to offer help, she’s keen to recognise the people she says are the real heroes.
“The real heroes are the people out on the frontline. The donations have all been collected and distributed by unpaid volunteers, giving up their time and risking their own health to help others in their local community. It’s them who deserve the real credit here.”
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The Kirsty’s brand was founded as a result of Kirsty’s son Jacob being diagnosed with allergies at a time when the free-from market was limited. After becoming the youngest person to secure a deal on Dragon’s Den, Kirsty’s-from food business now includes ready meals, desserts and pizzas suitable for a range of diets.
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