Meals on Wheels volunteer retires after 28 years’ service!

Pat Chandler from Knayton has been volunteering in the local community for many years and has for 28 years helped deliver Meals on Wheels to local residents. Pat was a full time teacher until she retired in 1990 and was volunteering for Oxfam when a fellow volunteer asked her to help out with Meals on Wheels delivery. When Pat started Meals on Wheels was coordinated by North Yorkshire County Council and delivery was arranged through the WRVS – now the Royal Voluntary Service.

When the council gave up the service the WRVS took over and arranged the cooking as well as the delivery and then when WRVS could not continue running it Pat herself approached Thirsk Community Care to see if they would run this invaluable service.

Pat was instrumental in the service continuing and has stayed with the service as a welcome friendly face to the clients and an absolutely core member of the volunteer team. She has seen many changes in her 28 years as a meals on wheels volunteer but the needs of the clients to receive a hot cooked meal and a daily visit stays the same. Meals are delivered five days a week by a team of dedicated volunteers and are cooked by the Gavel Café. Pat also helped Thirsk Community Care by being a volunteer for the adult sitting service which gives carers a break for a few hours.

Pat says:

“The meals are freshly cooked which is to be commended and is an improvement on the old days when it was made on an industrial scale. The Gavel are absolutely superb and the clients get a two course meal delivered for just £6.00. This is more costly than a ready meal but we get to know the clients really well and they look forward to their meal coming hot and ready to eat, and seeing a familiar face”

Thirsk Community Care are incredibly grateful to Pat for all the time she has given and are pleased she will be continuing to run the local Hard of Hearing club which meets monthly and offers support and companionship to people with a hearing loss. Benny the cat (pictured) is looking forward to having Pat at home with him more often!

If you would like an more information on Thirsk Community Care’s services or are interested in volunteering and maybe helping to replace Pat (though she is irreplaceable!) then please call 01845 523115 or email

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