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A Nottingham woman has launched a free smoothie delivery service for elderly and vulnerable adults.
Mo Fayose, 42, from Basford, delivers fresh fruit smoothies, salads and soups to help those in need to meet their required healthy eating recommendations.
People can be referred to the Smoothies-on-Wheels service by their doctor, a friend, family member or healthcare assistant.
Mo will then visit them to find out what they like, if they have any allergies and to give them different flavours to try.
Each 250ml bottle of smoothie contains two of the recommended five-a-day fruit and vegetables.
Some of the flavours available include Honeydew, tomato and pear, melon and avocado, carrot and pineapple, and spinach, broccoli and celery.
Mo, a student mental health nurse, said: “The service is targeted at the elderly because many of them don’t take fruit and vegetables and they live on their own – so this is encouraging them to take more.
“A lot of research has gone into it and I have worked alongside district nurses to finalise what is going to work for people.
“We tailor the flavours to suit their taste and what they are like as a person.
“There is a menu they can choose from but they can also make their own – that’s the joy of smoothies – you can put anything in them.”
Mo currently funds the service herself and delivers the smoothies by car every other day.
She is asking people to gift smoothies to someone they think would benefit.
She said: “The way it works is whoever is interested can gift seven smoothies – a whole week’s worth – for £10.
“Or they can gift just one for £1.50.
“It’s all about what people want to do for the other person – but for now it is coming out of my own pocket.”
On Christmas Day Mo and her daughter Ebbyy Adereti fed nearly two hundred people in Nottingham for free.
The food was provided for those who were lonely, without family or homeless at St Mark’s Church Hall, Woodthorpe, and Bestwood Park Community Centre.
Mo plans to continue her generosity by organising a monthly meal at a restaurant in the city where people who feel lonely can meet, make new friends, and feel part of the community.
She is asking local people to nominate a person who they feel would benefit from the meal in an attempt to combat the ‘stigma’ surrounding loneliness.
Anyone wanting to nominate a person for the meal or Smoothies-on-Wheels service can contact Mo on 0115 7 843458 or 0750 6811 309.