Yate cafe owner providing 'lifesaving' lunch for the elderly and vulnerable warns donations are running out

The owner of The Vintage Birdcage Cakery in Yate has warned a 'lifesaving' lunch during Covid-19 could come to an end if donations stop.

Staff are used to working under pressure at The Vintage Birdcage Cakery in Yate but they have never known anything quite like this.

When lockdown began, the owner offered to supply lunch to the older members of their community and the vulnerable. They started off with 20 customers. Now they have more than 450.

It's extremely heartwarming. The older generation mean an awful lot to me and the community and I am just giving back to them.

Nicole Jones, Owner
Volunteers deliver lunch to older and vulnerable members to the community in Yate. Credit: ITV West Country

Kristin and John Weaver, who are both in their 80s, described their delivery as a "lifesaver".

Kristin and John Weaver are self-isolating and look forward to their special delivery. Credit: ITV West Country

It's amazing because we're not going out. It's one of those things that we look forward to.

Kristin Weaver

The service costs around £450 a day to run, and operates seven days a week. It's run by volunteers and so far has been helped by donations from small businesses and large supermarkets, although these are slowly running out.

It's really, really worrying because I think initially it's at the forefront of everyone's mind. But now they are thinking, they're okay. But as soon as the donations stop, we have a problem.

Nicole Jones
The Bristol Spiderman Team came to the rescue of the Cakery's community service on Wednesday 29 April. Credit: Vintage Birdcage Cakery

Nicole had some help from some real superheroes with her deliveries this week. She's looking for some who don't wear capes to keep the mission on the road - especially larger supermarkets and businesses.

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