Carer daughter launches food delivery service

Carer daughter launches food delivery service

A Barnsley businesswoman has set up her own frozen meal delivery service after being disappointed with the quality of food available when looking after her elderly mother.

Cassie Northwood founded Northwood Foods when she began caring for her mother, Joyce, who was suffering with Dementia.

Having been forced to return home from her job as estate manager at a seven-star resort in Thailand to care for her mother, Ms Northwood decided to set up the business which is now delivering meals across Yorkshire.

Cassie said: “As you can imagine, at a seven-star resort, quality was everything, and the food was fantastic.

“After returning home to care for my mum, I found it disappointing and frustrating that I couldn’t source high standard frozen meals for her - the same problem I had when nursing my dad through cancer ten years ago.

“That’s what sparked the idea for the business.”

The company aim to provide healthy meals using high quality locally-sourced ingredients which focus on ‘a taste of Yorkshire’, with dishes including chicken casserole, roast beef and lamb hotpot.

However, the company also aim to cater to a variety of tastes and nutritional needs, and offer a range of Indian and Chinese dishes also.

Currently directed at families, Northwood Foods aim to approach community and care organisations as suppliers in the near future.

Cassie said: “We would never produce anything that we wouldn’t be happy to give to our own parents.

“And we make sure the meals are delivered with a smile, as we appreciate that for some isolated people, the social contact that comes with receiving a delivery is also important.”

Cassie was helped to set up Northwood Foods through the business support programme Smartstart, run by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC).

Sarah Valentin, business development manager for Smartstart said:  “It’s great to see another success story from the Smartstart programme and we wish Northwood Foods all the best for the future.”