A 101-YEAR-OLD woman has become the oldest resident in Wolverhampton to start receiving Meals on Wheels, but can anyone in the rest of the Black Country beat that record?
Phyllis Coen has only just begun taking a daily hot meal from Wolverhampton City Council's Meals on Wheels service last month, and says she is delighted with the service. Phyllis, who lives in the Goldthorn Hill area of Wolverhampton, said: "My social worker suggested I start taking Meals on Wheels, and I'm really pleased that she did.
"The meals are not like they used to be; I had seen some many years ago and it put me off a bit. But the ones that are served nowadays are delicious.
"The drivers are very friendly, and it's also nice to know that I will be having a daily visitor."
More than 280 people receive these nutritious meals from the council's Meals on Wheels service and manager Sue Lycett said: "I'm delighted that Phyllis is enjoying them.
"She's a remarkable lady and very independent. She still lives in her own home – where she has lived since she was 12 – and hopefully having a hot meal delivered on a daily basis will help her keep her independence for even longer."
Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "The Meals on Wheels service is very popular. It is open to everyone and provides customers with hot meals and afternoon teas, as well as frozen meals they can cook in their own time.I'm particularly happy that she's enjoying the food that we're serving up for her."
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, added: "It is an excellent way of supporting people to remain independent for longer and of maintaining social contact on a regular basis."
Phyllis, who was married to Michael for 51 years until he sadly passed away in December, has particularly enjoyed the roast pork and turkey dinners. She said: "They are very tasty and are served piping hot, and I tuck into them straight away. The only issue is that the portion sizes are so generous that I can never finish them!"
For more information about the Meals on Wheels service visit www.wolverhamp ton.gov.uk/mealsonwheels or call 01902 556677.
Every week, some 1,300 Meals on Wheels are cooked en route in specially adapted vehicles and delivered to homes around Wolverhampton. The council also provides a further 1,200 frozen meals a week.
Phyllis at 101 is the oldest resident in Wolverhampton to start having Meals on Wheels but is she the oldest in the Black Country? If you know anyone who can beat that email firstname.lastname@example.org, log on to www.black countrybugle.co.uk or write to us at 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.