North Somerset Community Hospital has been presented with a generous donation of £5,000 thanks to a local chef and his community meals project.
The hospital, managed by Sirona care & health, has been continuing to provide local care and support for people throughout the pandemic.
At its height, former restaurant-owner turned private chef Jonny Burnett from the village of Claverham, came up with a plan to cook and send out free nutritional meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in the county.
Romajo’s Community Meals was soon born, and an army of volunteers began cooking up meals in the kitchen of the Butchers Arms pub in Yatton and delivering them across North Somerset and South Bristol.
Funded entirely by public donations and grants, the group was averaging over 1,200 meals a week, and by the end of June had delivered in excess of 15,000 meals.
“As the weeks went on, and the importance of what we were doing became wider known, we managed to raise an incredible £22,000 to maintain our operation for as long as possible – as many of the volunteers were doing this whilst they were on furlough.
“We cannot thank those who donated to this cause enough, and also every single person who gave their time to the cause and allowed us to show that, with community spirit and purpose, some spectacular things can happen.”Jonny Burnett, Romajo’s Community Meals
Right from the start, the group had promised that any money left over would be donated to the NHS.
Last month, Jonny and treasurer Kathryn Delve proudly handed over a cheque for £5,317 to the Friends of North Somerset Community Hospital to continue looking after the local community for the foreseeable future.
“A superb effort by Romajo’s community meals with the support of the Butchers Arms pub and many volunteers provided vital meals for members of the community in need during the lockdown.
“The funding was provided purely by donations, so a big thank you to everyone both on behalf of the recipients of the meals and the Friends of North Somerset Community Hospital in Clevedon to whom the balance has been donated.”David Fife, Chair of the Friends of North Somerset Community Hospital
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