A CHARITY supporting older people in the region is continuing to offer hot meal delivery to people during lockdown.

Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington is also offering telephone befriending to anyone feeling isolated or lonely.

Chief executive Helen Hunter said the services including a new digital technology project would be a lifeline for many families worried about relatives.

She said: “We know from families that having a hot meal delivered to the door takes a lot of worry and strain off families. It’s a vital service and we have to thank our incredible volunteers who will keep the service going through these long dark days.

“Many people enjoy the routine of having a two course meal delivered to them each day, and families are reassured that their loved ones are being looked after, particularly at the moment.

The charity, which covers an area from Darlington to Skipton, received dozens of calls during the Christmas period asking for information and advice.

The telephone befriending service means anyone feeling alone or carers looking after others can receive a regular call.

“We would all rather see each other in person but at the moment, we can’t and it’s amazing how much of a difference just having someone to talk to can make," she added.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to help during the lockdown.

Hot meals are available by ringing 01756 529654 (Skipton) or 01325 741492 (all other areas), and cost £6.50 for a hot freshly cooked two course meal.

Further information is available by calling 01325 362832 or 07483 058837.