Manchester Chef Sets Up Project To Feed Veterans Shielding During Lockdown

Noel Goulding's team cooks freshly-prepared hot meals for former service personnel and others in the area.

A chef in Manchester has set up a project to feed local military veterans shielding during the coronavirus lockdown.

Noel Goulding was a chef on board the QE2 cruise ship in the 1980s, and fed hundreds of troops when the liner diverted south amid the Falklands War.

But Mr Goulding decided to feed the military community all over again after he started making meals for a paralysed former paratrooper and his wife, who has kidney disease.

Both Wayne Rostron and his partner are shielding during the pandemic.

The veteran sailor has a total of five industrial kitchens, cooking thousands of fresh meals for former personnel and now also people in the wider community.

Mr Goulding told Forces News: “I don’t know where it’s going to end to be truthful, but if it continues like this, what we will do is, we’ll just open up more kitchens.

"As the demand grows, we’ll just open up more kitchens.”

Paralysed former paratrooper Wayne and his wife, who is sick with kidney disease, are shielding from COVID-19.

Mr Rostron said: “I don’t know what to say other than, yeah, he’s doing a phenomenal job with virtually no financial support, just a lot of love and a willingness to help.

"Without Noel sending us freshly-prepared food, yeah I would struggle, I really would.

“Veterans helping veterans - that’s what it’s all about. We look after each other, we’re a big family and although I’m not serving anymore, it’s nice to feel that again.

"I don’t know how to describe it but it’s just there again.”

Mr Goulding has appealed for extra funding for the project, as well as more volunteers, including delivery drivers and chefs.