Ben Handley was presented with thank you gifts from East of England Ambulance Service paramedics.
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Paramedics made a surprise visit to three West Norfolk eateries to say thank staff for their support during the height of the pandemic.

East of England Ambulance Service staff visited The Neptune Inn at Old Hunstanton, The Old Bank at Snettisham and The Duck Inn at Stanhoe.

They presented gifts to staff who had provided meals for them throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

The three businesses had signed-up for Food 4 Heroes, a project which saw staff cook and deliver free meals for healthcare staff.

Ben Handley, above and inset, was presented with thank you gifts from East of England Ambulance Service paramedics.

Chef Ben Handley who owns The Duck Inn, said he was very touched to have received gifts which included personalised art work and an engraved plaque.

He said: “They turned up unexpectedly with gifts to say thank you, it was so lovely. But it was genuinely something I really enjoyed.”

Mr Handley and his team cooked 30 meals every day and delivered them to the King’s Lynn Ambulance Station.

“There was no pressure, we were cooking for less than we were used to. My pastry chef Bee (Rebecca Houlder) would make them something sweet too,” he said.

“When we delivered to the ambulance station we got to know the guys and we learnt some people have it very tough and the paramedics and hospital workers work so hard. 

“It was the least we could do. The fact they enjoyed the meals was just a bonus.”

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