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Four more food businesses in East Northamptonshire are now award winners for offering healthy eating options on their menus.

The caterers are recognised for their menu choices through a healthy eating scheme known as ‘Eat Out Eat Well.’

 

The Eat Out Eat Well Award was developed to reward caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out is assessed and managed by a range of Trading Standards, local Environmental Health teams and Public Health. It has three levels – bronze, silver, and gold.

 

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has awarded four more businesses with the nationally recognised award:

Healthy eating on the menu in East Northants

  • Stanley Street Eats (Barnwell) achieved gold
  • Love Food JM Ltd (district) achieved silver
  • Jamaica Blue (Rushden Lakes) achieved bronze
  • Rose and Crown Public House (Rushden) achieved bronze

 

The level of award is based on a scoring system (bronze 80-100, silver 101-119 and gold 120+) that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how the meals are promoted to customers.

 

Stanley Street Eats has over 20 years of catering experience and currently offers relaxed festival food for events. Paula Marshall, Co owner of Stanley Street Eats, said: “We are thrilled to have received the gold award and have had positive feedback from our customers already. I attended ENC’s nutrition course, which I found really helpful and informative. It helped us to focus on our cooking processes and the ingredients we use to optimise the healthier options. It is important for our customers to be able to purchase food and be confident it is good for them and taste great too.”

 

Love Food JM Ltd offers hot school meals to a number of schools in the district. Mandy Love and Jacqui Kilkerr set up the business in 2014 when they felt school dinners needed to change. Managing Director, Mandy, said:

 

“We have worked very hard with ENC’s help to achieve our silver award and we are on track to achieve gold! We worked in conjunction with the school, the children, parents and our environmental health officer to create a menu that was chosen by the children but endorsed by the adults and healthier options were created from what the children wanted to see on their menu.

 

“All our meals are cooked from fresh each morning and are nutritionally balanced, checking for sugar, salt, carbohydrates and saturated fat, as per school food guidelines. Our menu has various choices for children to choose from and the general response to our food has been great. We have increased the uptake of school meals across the board and now provide for 15 schools.”

 

Examples of food being served across all award holders in the district include tuna in spring water, low fat mayonnaises, reduced sugar desserts, salad with all sandwiches and caterers using healthy cooking options such as grilling, steaming or oven baking in limited fat.

 

ENC Leader, Councillor Steven North said: “To achieve the Eat Out Eat Well Award, businesses must offer a varied menu with healthy options and using healthy cooking methods.

 

“Our officers have been picking up prospective ones on their food inspections, but the businesses themselves or members of the public can refer anyone for an assessment.

 

“These days we are all much more aware of how important it is to have a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle, and I congratulate all 27 of our award holders for taking this seriously and continuing to raise the profile of healthy eating among consumers.”

 

For more information on Eat Out Eat Well in East Northamptonshire, including a list of those who have received the award, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/EOEW

 

To find out how your food business can apply for and receive the award, please contact the Council’s Health Protection Team on HealthProtection@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or 01832 742055.

 

 

Packaging Firm Director Raises £1,130 for Homeless Charity

The “camaraderie” of fundraisers helped the director of a Wellingborough transit packaging company brave freezing temperatures for an all-night sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness.

 

Patrick Mulhall with fellow fundraisers at this years Big Sleep Out

Patrick Mulhall with fellow fundraisers at this years Big Sleep Out

Patrick Mulhall, Managing Director of PALLITE, based in Sinclair Drive, Park Farm North, successfully raised £1,130 for the Northampton Hope Centre by taking part in their Big Sleep Out on Friday, January 26.

 

He was sponsored to swap the comfort of a warm bed for a night with just cardboard to sleep on, a sleeping bag for warmth, and a plastic sheet for shelter from the winter elements.

 

He said: “I can thoroughly recommend the Big Sleep Out to everyone. It’s a great way to raise money and gain empathy of the conditions homeless people face, particularly at this time of year. There was a lovely atmosphere, the camaraderie amongst those taking part really helped people get set for the night. I want to thank everyone for their support.

 

“It makes you appreciate how tough it must be for those having to deal with living on the streets on a daily basis. We all need to do our bit to halt this.”

 

Patrick joined more than 165 other people at a specially designated area at Sixfields Stadium, home of Northampton Town Football Club, for the 12-hour stint from 7.30pm to 7.30am the next day. Early indications show this year’s participants have collectively raised approximately £50,000.

 

He hopes more people will join in next year and has plans to create a PALLITE community shelter to encourage people to take part.

 

Hope Centre CEO, Robin Burgess, said: “The Big Sleep Out night felt much colder than the temperature suggested so we are extremely grateful to everyone who stayed with us and braved the cold and damp.

 

“We really hope that, although we pushed a lot of people out of their comfort zone, it really made them appreciate what it is like to be homeless.

 

“If you know someone who took part but haven’t sponsored them yet, please do. They really did earn it.”

 

The Big Sleep Out helps to raise awareness of homelessness and the work of the Northampton Hope Centre. Last year £60,000 was raised and went towards supporting the work of the shelter, which provides showers and a warm place for people to visit and enjoy a hot drink. Other work includes helping people find volunteer roles and employment.

 

People are still able to sponsor Patrick by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/patrick-mulhall2

Charity on Track to Raise £500,000 for Cancer Research

A children’s charity set up in memory of a five-year-old Wellingborough girl who lost her battle to cancer is on target to raise £500,000 for research into the disease since its launch.

Niamh Curry

Wellingborough-based Niamh’s Next Step has announced the fundraising milestone to mark its fifth anniversary.

 

Niamh Curry passed away in May 2012 after battling a type of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma for 18 months.

 

In January 2013 her parents, Chris and Samantha, set up the organisation in her name and it has so far successfully raised more than £450,000. The money is used to fund research into the disease as well as supporting other families affected by the illness.

 

Around 100 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in the UK, of which only around 30 per cent will survive. There is currently no government or NHS funding into research of this type of cancer in the UK.

 

Chris, 45, said: “We have raised a phenomenal amount of money since this all began. Every year my wife Sam and I think it’ll be quieter this year and every time things go mad again.”

 

For the last five years the charity has joint-funded the UK’s annual levy to the European research network that carries out studies into neuroblastoma.

 

Research has also been funded in collaboration with Sparks, the children’s medical research charity at Brunel University, Uxbridge and the Institute of Cancer Research at Newcastle University.

 

Chris added: “Money has also been used to pay for wheelchairs and walking aids for children who have had neuroblastoma. We’re also well aware of the impact a diagnosis can make to family life – when your world is turned upside down, you still have a mortgage to pay and a car to insure and tax so we are here to offer practical advice to other families and we have helped out with mortgage payments and rental costs.”

 

A Gala Ball, held bi-annually, is the charity’s top fundraiser, bringing in between £40,000 and £50,000. The stand-out event over the last five years, which raised £25,000, was when world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua MBE visited Northampton on behalf of the charity.

 

Chris added: “The up-coming charity football match will top it all. My wife, Sam, has always wanted to hold an event like this, we wanted the time to be right and it’s all coming together. Alan Carr joked that Northampton isn’t going to know what’s hit it with himself and his good friend Katie Price coming to town.”

 

Already 2,000 tickets have been sold for the all-star game, taking place at Sixfields on Sunday, April 15. Tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 for children.

 

To book tickets click here