Catch up with Meals on Wheels
Thursday 5th September, 2013
Two years ago the Hairy Bikers undertook their biggest challenge yet, riding to the rescue of meals on wheels. Si and Dave start their journey by heading to Elmbridge in Surrey where they worked with the local council to transform their tired menus and recruit desperately needed new volunteers. First stop is the kitchen to discover if the cooks have kept their pledge to prepare delicious menus from scratch and see if they’re still coming in on the strict £1.25 a head budget.
There are plenty of old friends to catch-up with, including long-standing volunteer Grace who has recently taken an enforced break from delivering the meals, as well as Mr & Mrs Phillips, a couple who at 88 and 89-years-old respectively both rely on the crucial hot lunches. Si & Dave also hear about a new initiative to deliver meals into the neighbouring borough of Mole Valley, an area where traditional meals on wheels had ceased to exist.
The crowning glory is a visit by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall who as an eager supporter of meals on wheels previously visited Elmbridge to hear about Si & Dave’s work. Now HRH returns to see how the kitchen and volunteers are faring before helping Si and Dave to deliver the inaugural meals on wheels to Mole Valley.
Watch the first episode of Meals on Wheels: Back on the Road on the BBC iPlayer.