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End of an era as West Leeds lockdown lifeline delivers its last veg box

After 16 weeks, 2,812 orders and 282 donations to Armley Helping Hands, a Kirkstall-based family business has delivered its last vegetable box. Home Veg Box team Simon, Julia, Sam, Chloe, Lou and Phil share their thoughts…

What a strange few months this has been!

Here at Home Veg Box in Kirkstall, we set out to help the people of West and North Leeds access fresh fruit and veg for themselves and their families during the lockdown. Bringing people the best produce for the very best value has been our mission and our pleasure.

Phil takes another donation down to the lovely people at Armley Helping Hands

We’ve delivered come rain or shine (but mostly in glorious sunshine), brought smiles to people is isolation, friendly waves to children, celebrated VE Day in style, shared favourite recipes, sliced up melons and pineapple for an someone with arthritic hands, sponsored a school project (VegRocks!), introduced an elderly person to mango for the first time ever, and donated crate loads of food to Armley Helping Hands.  We’ve loved every second of it.

Home Veg Box VE Day 1
Making an impact – Jules and Simon Love.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our loyal customers, and we want to say a massive thank you for believing in this small, local family business during the Covid crisis.

With the rest of the world beginning to pick up the pieces of their business and open their doors once again, it’s time for us to get back to our own businesses, doing what we really do best.  

Simon and Julia will be returning to being Moving and Handling trainers at LPS Training & Consultancy, Sam is picking up his paintbrushes again at Love’s Decorating and Chloe is focusing on her string quartet India Rose Strings and teaching singing and Cello.

Lou’s workload as a company administrator and bookkeeper is getting back to normality and Phil is back to creating websites and supporting his clients with their IT queries.

It was with a heavy heart that decided our very last delivery day would be Friday 17th July.

Chloe Merriott in 40’s attire

It’s been a tough decision and we will be very sorry not to see our lovely customers each week.  

We hope everyone remains safe and well and we continue to spare a thought for the NHS, still working tirelessly through to the very end of the lockdown and beyond.

We are so proud of our little family and what we’ve accomplished for the community during this trying time.

Thank you for helping us make a difference.

Jules and Simon Love live in Kirkstall, their son Sam Love and his wife Chloe live in Bramley, Julia’s brother Philip Cave and girlfriend Lou live in Armley.

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