Duchess of Cornwall Camilla teams up with Hairy Bikers for meals on wheels scheme in Molesey

Camilla teams up with Hairy Bikers for meals on wheels

The Duchess of Cornwall with the Hairy Bikers

The Duchess of Corwall greets Rob Moran, chief executive of Elmbridge Council, and mayor, Janet Turner

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Grace Messenger, who has volunteered at the centre for 30 years

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Camilla Parker Bowles visited Molesey Centre for the Community this morning along with The Hairy Bikers to highlight the importance of meals on wheels.

The Duchess of Cornwall returned to the centre she first visited in May 2011 to meet new volunteers and staff from Dairy Crest.

The Duchess, who is honorary patron of the National Association of Care Catering, smiled as she greeted volunteers, some of whom have worked there for more than 30 years.

The Hairy Bikers, Simon King and Dave Myers, were filming at the School Road centre for their second TV series on meals and wheels.

Mr Myers said: “The Duchess of Cornwall has been a great support. It is nice to revisit Molesey. We don’t want to just go away and leave it. We keep an eye on it and it has done a lot.

“We have had people come to us from Japan asking how they can help to feed their elderly.”

Mr King said: “We found out she had personal experience with meals of wheels so it is great she pledged her support.”

Grace Messenger, 80, of Gainsborough Close, has volunteered for the past 30 years and shared a table with Camilla last time she visited the centre.

Ms Messenger said: “She had a recipe for fish pie which was lovely. She is a very caring person and I am sure she is very interested in this movement.

“We provide meals on wheels 365 days a year and no other centre does that. The centre is run so well. After doing it for over 30 years, I am still keen to carry on.”

Lesley Yauner, of Pemberton Road, has also volunteered at the centre for 32 years and hopes more people will sign up to help after the visit.

She said: “I think it is wonderful that we have got someone has high profile as her promoting meals on wheels.

“The people I drop meals off too are lovely. You become friends with them.”

Erica Nunn, of Beauchamp Road, has volunteered at the centre for two years and her 12-year-old daughter has also got involved.

She said: “I was here two years ago when Camilla came. She seems a nice, genuine person and it is nice she makes the time to come to somewhere like our day centre for something she thinks is worth doing.

“The Bikers are great. They have kept in touch with the centre over the last two years.”

Mikaela Manning, of Bishop Fox Way, who has volunteered at the centre for over a year, said: “I had just started up my own business and decided then to make time to give something back to the community.

“I feel it is something worthwhile and I get great pleasure from it.

“It was amazing to meet Camilla and it is nice to see support of our royalty involved in this project.”

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