21 March, 2019

Fit, Fed and Read among winners at the High Sheriff Awards

At the 24th annual High Sheriff Award ceremony held in County Hall, Hertford last Thursday, HCL along with its partners Herts Sports Partnership, Hertfordshire Fire Department and Hertfordshire Library Services were among the winners for their programme Fit, Fed and Read.

A national campaign which is now in Hertfordshire aims to help tackle holiday hunger, physical inactivity and improve literacy for some of the most disadvantaged children in Hertfordshire.

Children who attended the programme that ran at six Hertfordshire fire stations during the summer holidays were treated to a nourishing hot meal, prepared and freshly cooked by HCL, who also provide education catering facilities to over 450 schools, academies and colleges around the county and beyond. HCL also put on special learning sessions, so the children learnt about healthy eating choices and had the chance to see, feel and taste exotic fruits, and experience making exotic fruit smoothies, using pedal power on specially adapted smoothie making bicycles.

Speaking after collecting the High Sheriff Award last Thursday, Stuart Clarke, Head of Operations at HCL said: 

“It’s been a great joint effort to deliver the Fit, Fed and Read programme. It’s the second time the initiative has received an award.  The scheme provides opportunities for local children from disadvantaged backgrounds to be active, have a good meal and discover the joy of exploring the world through literacy.

It was an honour to be recognised among some incredible projects and organisations that are helping to make our county a better place.”

The Fit, Fed, Read programme returns to Hertfordshire this Easter holiday and in the summer. Events are scheduled to take place across 6 fire stations in the county. For information on the events can be found on www.fitfedandread.eventbrite.co.uk.