1427. Molly Bufton Stear
Molly Bufton Stear, from Warwickshire, set up ‘Molly’s Meals’, inspired by her recent International Citizen Service placement in Zanzibar, to deliver over 2,500 free homemade meals to the most vulnerable in her community, reaching over 45 residents daily.
Molly set up her initiative shortly before lockdown was announced, cooking and delivering her meals with the help of her boyfriend before more volunteers joined her appeal. She has also raised over £3,000 to help maintain the service, and received free produce from local farms and supermarkets.
In a personal letter to Molly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I wanted to thank you for your fantastic achievement in raising an army of local volunteers to deliver over a thousand meals to people in need.
“I was particularly interested to learn of your time volunteering in Zanzibar and your reflections on the strength of communities coming together and helping one another.
“Through ‘Molly’s Meals’ you have channelled that spirit with a kindness and fellowship that has defined the very best of our country through this difficult period.”
“I am so grateful for the recognition and to be receiving this amazing award! I am so thankful to the volunteers that are continuing the ‘Molly’s Meals’ service, and for everyone who has supported it along the way. I know there are so many people doing amazing things and I hope this community spirit continues on into the future.”
Pictured below: Molly with some of her home prepared deliveries.