Special delivery as football legends bring award-winning meal to local pensioner

A pair of Leeds United legends will get a kick out of delivering an award-winning lunch to a local meals on wheels customer.

Dedicated Leeds fan Dennis Oxley, 88, will welcome former Whites stars Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray to his Holbeck home on Monday (Oct 7).

Mr Oxley, who lives close to United’s Elland Road ground, normally has meals delivered to his house by a member of Leeds City Council’s Community Meals Leeds team.

But as the city gears up to take part in National Community Meals Week next month, the team has decided to make Monday’s lunch extra special by drafting in the two ex-footballers.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services, said:

“It’s wonderful to see that two of the city’s footballing greats will be stepping in to help highlight the excellent work done by our Community Meals Leeds team.

“The team’s hard work and dedication means that more than 500 elderly and vulnerable people around the city can be sure of getting a hot meal each and every day of the year, helping to give them the peace of mind they need to live independently in their own homes.”

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for Adult Social Care added:

“The work of the Community Meals Leeds team makes a huge difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. The team has been delivering hot meals now for more than 40 years and the service they provide is a real lifeline for the city’s elderly people.”

Community Meals Leeds was recently announced as the winner of the National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) National Community Meals Award.

The prestigious accolade recognised the country’s best authority, business or individual providing a meals service to elderly and vulnerable residents.

National Community Meals Week runs from Nov 11-17 and celebrates the nation’s community meals services.

Community Meals Leeds is available to anyone in the city unable to prepare a meal themselves and residents may be entitled to receive a subsidy if they are assessed as having critical or substantial needs.

For more information on the service, contact Community Meals Leeds on 0113 247 8577. The office is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.

Former attacking midfielder Peter Lorimer played more than 770 games for Leeds United during two spells at the club, scoring 255 goals.

Ex-Whites winger Eddie Gray appeared 454 times for Leeds during the 60s, 70s and 80s.


-Reporters and photographers are invited to see Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray deliver a meal to Mr Oxley at Heath Rise, Holbeck, LS11 8UH on Monday, October 7 at 1pm.

-For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk