East Sussex County Councilmeals-on-wheels delivery service is flying high after teaming up with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. 


The service that is delivered by Apetito,to elderly and vulnerable clients across East Sussex, has received two national awards from The National Association of Care Catering in recognition of their joint work with the fire service. 


This partnership allows firefighters into the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, who are delivered hot meals by Apetito. Our crews offer an extra service of life saving fire safety checks, and fit any necessary smoke alarms. To date, nearly one hundred Apetito customers have been fitted with a free smoke alarm. 


Head of Community Safety for ESFRS, Chris Pascoe was there when the Apetito and East Sussex County Council teams received the award. He said: "We are always looking for new ways of reaching people within their homes, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and this was the perfect opportunity to team-up in a bid to save lives. 


"We hope to continue this valuable partnership and to work together to deliver a hearty portion of fire safety messages." 


Recently, both Apetito and ESFRS celebrated National Meals in the Community Week in an unusual way. A hot meal was passed through the window of one of their clientsby firefighters from an Aerial Ladder Platform. 


Area Food Advisory Services Officer for the County Council, John Figgins, is delighted with not one but two National Association of Care Catering Awards, which recognises the service delivered in East Sussex. They were awarded the NACC Hydration and Wellbeing Award 2010 and the NACC Community Meals on Wheels Award 2010. 


He said: "These are prestigious awards. The National Association of Care Catering is the Governing Body for Nutritional Standards for the care sector. These awards are great as they raise the profile of Meals on Wheels in East Sussex and recognise the advancement we have made in helping to keep our clients safe and well in their homes for longer. It is also a fantastic pat on the back for the meals on wheels team and recognises all their hard work throughout the year, along with the firefighters whose efforts in keeping our clients safer really helped us with our entry."  


"This is the first time that we have won the awards, and we were up against other councils and other care providers so it's a real measure of a great service."