#LocalHeroesNE Stories


In a series of short documentaries by Dan Prince, local business owners and community workers explain how they are managing in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Anthony and Lucy Carroll of Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes talk about their hopes for the future after the COID-19 crisis.

Stephen Craggs of Craggs &Co. on how demand for their products is increasing despite the COVID-19 crisis.

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy trying to find ways to make things work during COID-19 crisis.

Elise Lane of Laneberg Wine discusses looking beyond COVID-19 crisis.

Jon Chadwick of Durham Distillery on supporting the local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

 Nick Mason of ZMOVE on how the COVID-19 crisis could mean the start of a new way of doing things.

Tony Mclean of Collingwood Seafood on why you should support local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dairyman Paul Young delivers more than milk to local people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Reverend Alan Dickinson chair of the BAY Food Bank explains how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted those most in need.

Danny McColl founder of McColl’s Brewery on how his business has had to change because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jamie Sadler of Harissa and Food Nation on how using food as a vehicle to better peoples’ lives.

Alex Nietosvouri founder and head chef at Hjem on how he adapted his business to serve the local community.

Alison and Jonathan Raper of Teesdale Cheesemakers on how they saved their business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nationally-renowed North East grower Ken Holland explains how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting his business and how he is responding.


We want to share our passion for the region’s food and drink producers, brands and incredible chef talent. Our newsletter will bring you stories about our #LocalHeroesNE, celebrating our regional food culture through recipes curated by regional chefs, their food memories and inspiration for what you can cook up with the contents of your boxes. We’ll also be telling you first hand what impact we are having within our communities and giving a platform to those who are benefitting from our community fund.

Support the #LocalHeroesNE Community Fund

Every box purchased on this site will have 10% added to it at checkout. This money will go to form a Community Fund that will help support people in need across the North East of England. More details on how this fund will be administered will be available soon. Until then any monies raised will go towards helping local people in crisis at the Newcastle West End Foodbank.