A SALFORD casino has provided 1,000 free hot meals for emergency workers during the current coronavirus crisis.

Staff at Grosvenor Casino on Derwent Street, said they "wanted to give back to the amazing frontline heroes of the city" by reaching out directly to offer the service of bulk cooking.

Asa result the dedicated kitchen team at the casino have been cooking up to 90 free meals per day, with the dishes going to locations such as Salford Royal Hospital as well as local fire and ambulance stations.

Speaking about the scheme, Gavin Williams, general manager at Grosvenor Casino Salford said: “Now more than ever it’s so important to show support for those risking their lives every single day.

"We want to ensure that these amazing workers can enjoy hot meals that they may otherwise have not had the time to prepare for themselves.

"It’s been a tremendous effort from our kitchen team at Grosvenor Casino Salford to keep providing this offer, and I want to thank Jonas Riliskis and Tess McDonnell, our two chefs who quickly volunteered and then got stuck in to help. I was honoured to present them with personalised awards in recognition of their hard work.”

Free hot meals on offer include a range of delicious burgers, a variety of chicken options and sides, as well as vegetarian meals. All meal collections are made in a safe and socially distant manner to ensure total security.

To receive a freshly prepared free hot meal, workers can use their Blue Light card to receive a free meal code through Uber Eats. The Blue Light card scheme is also available at Grosvenor Casinos Birmingham (Broad Street), Dundee, London (Russell Square) and Southampton, as well as Mecca Bingo clubs in Glasgow Forge, Leeds Mayfair, Hartlepool, Dagenham, Knotty Ash, Chesterfield and Wednesbury Cross

Alternatively, if you would like Grosvenor Casino Salford to cook for your ward or department, please email Gavin Williams on manager.gc-salford@rank.com