A Letter from the Lord-Lieutenant
Over the last few months I have been following the activities of the Somerset Larder having been introduced to it by Rupert Cox who I know through the Royal Bath and West Society. I had been hoping that our local hospitals could source provisions for the food they serve to staff and patients from local growers and farmers via your network. When i approached Phil Shelley at Musgrove Park, I found that you were already considering this – I was overjoyed!
SO, I was not surprised when I heard from Colin Drummond, Chairman of MPH and the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust that you are doing such a marvelous job on their behalf at the moment when life for them is so VERY challenging.
He tells me that you are producing upwards of 4,000 meals per week across their services and that those receiving them are very grateful and complimentary.
As Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, I represent the Royal Family across the county. However, I also represent the people of Somerset. I would therefore like to very sincerely offer you, in what is an inadequate format I know, a profound thank you for what you have done and continue to do. It is a magnificent response to the difficulties currently being faced and I salute you, with great pride, for what you are achieving.
Could I ask you to share the attached message of gratitude amongst those closely involved with what you are doing.
Thank you so much, once again, for everything.
With kindest regards
Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset