Kind cafe owner delivers free food to elderly people in Sheffield neighbourhood
A kind Sheffield cafe owner is making sure elderly people in her community get a '˜proper warm meal' by delivering food for free.
Natalie Lacey, who owns Salon De Cafe in Crookes, started delivering her food to elderly people in her community after her father-in-law, aged 89, suggested the idea.
As Natalie’s cafe is opposite a large sheltered housing flats complex, home to many elderly people, her free deliveries have been going down a treat.
Natalie, aged 39, said: “As a lot of the elderly people can’t get out of the house and have to eat frozen meals every day, they are really grateful to get a proper warm meal.
“I usually stay around for a chat too and they are always pleased to see a friendly face and get some company.”
She added: “My father-in-law, who actually lives in the flats, said there was a real demand for a service like this, so that’s why I decided to start making free deliveries.
“Since starting last month, I’ve got at least 15 regulars already and many more who have it every once in a while.”
But Natalie is also making sure elderly people in the community – who can get about – have a place where they can get together.
Mum-of-two Natalie, who opened the cafe in April last year, said: “I’ve also made the cafe a place where elderly people in the community can come and catch-up and relax.
“It’s great, everybody knows each other and they know I won’t be rushing them along to get more people through the door.
“I really enjoy it too. I’ve got some really amazing people who come in.”