Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Supporting the NHS

Skilled musicians Rachael Cooke and her granddad Harry Hudson ‘teamed up’ to bring a bit of cheer to not only their ‘street’ but also to NHS staff at several local hospitals.

Rachael from Irlam and her family were inspired by their next-door neighbours who have been making and supplying hundreds of meals for NHS workers and elderly vulnerable residents.

Those neighbours, Tracey Spencer and Alex Lund own and operate their own business ‘Lunch Club Manchester’ supplying meals to businesses across Greater Manchester. But whilst the lock-down has been in force they have turned their hand to supporting our fantastic NHS workers as well as elderly residents who need a bit of support.

Tracey said, “We own a catering company, ‘Lunch Club Manchester’ and we have provided more than 1,000 charity meals over the last seven weeks. It has very kindly been funded by our biggest customer which is Essity at Trafford Park which is a Paper Mill that makes ‘Cushelle’ and ‘Plenty’ products.”

Every Friday they have been providing 75 meals to NHS staff including at the PICU at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the Palatine Ward at the Christie and NWTS at Warrington. Every Tuesday they have been further preparing another 75 meals for local elderly isolated people. A fantastic effort.

Tracey added, “Our usual business was lunches for office staff so in this climate it ceases to exist so we have had a re-jig and are currently doing a doorstep delivery of our ready to heat/eat meals mainly to Irlam and Cadishead, Worsley and Swinton. You can check us out on Facebook & Instagram.”

The meals are distributed by NHS workers Jen and Chez Auckland who work at the Hospitals and they have been eagerly welcomed by staff on the front line.

Rachael and Harry are both regular members of the fantastic Cadishead Public Band and last Thursday on NHS and key worker ‘clap night’ they performed a duet from the doorstep, remembering to keep a safe distance apart, of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. Rachael on her Cornet and Harry on his Baritone.

Rachael added, “The performance was recorded and will be played to staff at the hospitals whilst having their lunches provided by Tracey and Alex. It was just our way of saying thank you not only to our brilliant NHS staff but also to our neighbours for the fantastic job they are doing.” Well done to everyone involved.

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