Entrepreneur and well known Pendle businessman donates hundreds of meals to vulnerable Ribble Valley families struggling to cope in the pandemic

Entrepreneur and business owner, Matthew Riley, is giving back to the community by donating hundreds of weekly meals to those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 7:00 am

The founder of Daisy Group, Nelson, this week announced his support for the Ribble FM Community Group, donating 50 two-course meals per week to the charity.

When the lockdown was announced, the group found itself delivering 40 parcels a week to those in

need, but is now packing and delivering over 100 parcels a day.

Daisy Group owner Matthew Riley who has made a substantial contribution to helping those in need and vulnerable families during the pandemic

Katie Blezard, community coordinator, said: “We’re helping a huge spectrum of people across the Ribble Valley, from people living alone, to families without incomes and demand has gone through the roof; our volunteers are working seven days a week to get parcels to those who need them.

“We really appreciate Matthew’s donation of meals which will be warmly welcomed throughout the community and we cannot thank him and all the other generous people for showing their support.”]

Matthew has engaged the services of APB Catering to prepare the meals for Ribble Valley residents

in need.

Tony Black of APB Catering hands over the meals donated by the Daisy Group to Ribble Valley community co-ordinator Katie Blezard

He has already committed his personal support to Burnley FC in the Community, Pendle Food For All,

Inspiring Grace, and Nelson Community Mosque; preparing 450 meals in total each week to be split among its beneficiaries.

Daisy Group, a provider of telecoms and business communications services has a strong heritage in

the area and Matthew is passionate about the company’s responsibilities in supporting the local


Matthew said: “The demand for food banks has increased during the current pandemic, yet donations are rapidly decreasing and supplies are scarce. I wanted do my bit and I’d encourage everyone, wherever possible, to try and donate something to their local food bank to help keep these vital services running.”

Tony Black, owner of APB Catering, is using Daisy’s on-site kitchen, to prepare and cook the freshly made food parcels which each contain a nutritious hot meal and pudding.

According to research, almost 12,000 food parcels were handed out by food banks in Lancashire and the North West in 2019, and these figures are expected to dramatically increase as people struggle for money for food during the pandemic.