Westholme School, working with local Charities and the NHS

Thomas Franks and Westholme School have started working with Blackburn Council to provide hot meals for the most vulnerable in the region.

Throughout the week, Thomas Franks will be delivering over 750 hot meals to Blackburn Youth Zone and to the charity Newground in partnership with Together Housing.

We will provide 160 meals twice a week to The Blackburn Youth Zone, which is a youth hub open to young people, with the aim of improving the prospects for young people in the area.

For this initiative, we received a generous donation from the Together Housing charity, to extend our reach. This donation will allow us to produce an extra 100 meals every day for the residents of the Together Housing projects, as well as the ‘hidden heroes’, who work within the carers network in Blackburn. Thomas Franks will be using their distribution network to make sure that the meals are allocated to people who are most in need.

We will also be providing fresh fruit hampers, those working in the North West Ambulance station.

This fantastic initiative has been made possible by Westholme School who have opened their catering facilities enabling members of the Thomas Franks’ team to prepare, cook and package these meals.

Founder, Frank Bothwell, commented ‘I am so grateful to Westholme for opening their catering facilities and for their ongoing support throughout this uncertain time. We will continue to provide our services as long as they are needed, with the generous contributions from our donors.’

Viv Davenport, Commercial Director at Westholme School, stated ‘This is a wonderful, kind initiative which we are delighted to be part of. It’s more important than ever right now to serve our communities – by working together we can achieve very special things. Blackburn with Darwen Council has been tremendous in connecting us to those most in need and we can’t wait to make a real difference.’


Thomas Franks would like to take this opportunity to thank Westholme School and Together Housing and their volunteers, as this initiative would not have been possible without them. We would also like to thank our generous donors as without them, none of this would be possible.


As long as food poverty exists, we will continue to provide free meals to all who need them. It doesn’t take much to change a life and it starts with a meal. Get in touch today to see how you can make a difference.