‘ANGELS’ who provide meals for 820 vulnerable people a day during the coronavirus lockdown are appealing for more donations to enable them to keep going.

The plea comes from property developer Rob Topping, who has been providing the meals in Wilmslow and across the area with his team of 50 volunteers for the past seven weeks.

It costs £1,200 a week for the group, Rob and his Angels, to create lunch and an evening meal, which are provided and delivered free of charge seven days a week.

The cost of the food prepared by chefs in local schools and restaurants is funded by an online donations page, as well as charity auctions and piano playing live concerts run by Rob on the group’s Facebook page.

The group has raised £13,000, and a charity auction is to be held this Friday, including signed items donated by boxing world champion Tyson Fury.

Rob, 43, from Wilmslow, is a property developer, and started the group after dropping some cheesecake off at a friend’s house.

He said: “I was putting a note on my friend’s door when an elderly lady came out of her house and said she couldn’t get out to get any food.

“I went back the same day and got her some food, and realised there were probably a lot of people in her situation.

“I posted a message on social media asking if there was anyone who would like help, and the response was phenomenal. I then started to recruit friends and volunteers.

“People who would like our help go onto our Facebook page and complete a form, and we get to them the next day, delivering a food package which consists of lunch, a snack and an evening meal.

“We use a team of certified chefs, who prepare the food which is chilled and sent out to be reheated in people’s homes.”

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Rob and his children delivering meals to vulnerable people

As well as delivering to residents Rob and his team deliver to Macclesfield and Wythenshawe Hospitals, and plans to continue providing meals for as long as the need is there and the donations continue.

“The reaction from people is amazing – people can’t believe what we’re doing and the fact it’s all free,” said Rob.

The volunteer drivers have PPE and wear T-shirts bearing the group’s details.

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“We also have a team of junior Angels who have been raising money by washing cars,” added Rob, who took part in a charity driving event from Brighton to the Sahara Desert, which raised £100,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The group’s Facebook page is Rob and his Angels, and to donate click here