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A London charity is aiming to deliver freshly-cooked meals to patients and health workers on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.

LunchBoxGift, set up by ex-pat Sierra Leonians, wants to provide 50,000 food boxes over the next three months to those suffering from the deadly virus and the staff trying to save their lives.

Co-founder Memuna Janneh said a trial had allowed staff in London to “remote control” a team of 20 volunteers in Sierra Leone to provide 2,600 meals. A fun run, food fair and Christmas bazaar is being held in Mile End stadium and park  on Sunday [December 14] to raise funds for the project.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was “a truly impressive example” of Britons and Sierra Leoneans working together to help mitigate the effects of Ebola.

According to the charity, the isolation of Ebola patients means that their families cannot easily get food to them.

Ms Greening said: “I commend the work of LunchBoxGift in their work to provide meals not only to patients suffering from Ebola but also to those healthcare workers selflessly caring for them.”

* LunchBoxGift.com