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Helen - Food Friend Volunteer

Teaching kindness – Sharing laughter

Helen is one of our Food Friend cook volunteers and a distributor for our Community Dinner Fund initiative. Helen is so generous with her time and kindness. We are so happy to have Helen as part of our team.

‘ I met my fabulous Food Friend in February 2020 and I have been cooking her a meal once a week ever since. Janet has Parkinson’s disease and mobilising is very difficult for her, she rarely leaves home so the contact we have is precious. We have lots in common and become true, firm friends. I haven’t been able to spend as much time with her recently as I would like to, due to her shielding, but we speak regularly on the phone (and through the window!) Janet has a wicked sense of humour and we have a real giggle together.Janet doesn’t like spicy food but is a big fan of an omelette or a shepherds pie, she has a very sweet tooth and is partial to a slice of lemon drizzle cake!! It doesn’t take long to make and deliver a meal to my food friend, but we both benefit from the experience in so many ways. I love the fact I am providing her with company and a healthy, home cooked meal. Also, it is great for my children to see how important kindness is, especially in a world that can seem dark at times.’

Ruth Lapka