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Hazel Wood's meals on wheels were delivered by Annette O'Gorman watched by two members of the West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section.

Hazel Wood's meals on wheels were delivered by Annette O'Gorman watched by two members of the West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section.

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Meals on wheels were hot to trot as police horses helped to deliver lunch to the elderly as part of National Community Meals week.

Hazel Wood, 84, from Meanwood, received the special visit as Leeds City Council’s Community Meals Leeds team joined forces with West Yorkshire Police to recognise the vital role the meals service plays in the lives of local elderly and vulnerable people.

Mrs Wood is one of more than 500 people around Leeds who have hot meals delivered by the team, who work every day of the year including Christmas Day.

As well as delivering meals, the team also carry out a safety and well-being checks on every visit.

Local police work closely with members of the team to help them spread crime prevention messages, fact sheets and tips on how to spot bogus callers.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, said: “The work of the Community Meals Leeds team is about much more than just delivering food.

“For many customers, their delivery driver may be the only person they see that day, and that bit of interaction can make all the difference to someone living alone who may otherwise be completely isolated.

“The team’s friendly, day-to-day relationship with their customers also makes them invaluable in spreading vital messages about how vulnerable people can stay safe in their homes.”

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