Critical NHS was founded as a community based non-profit organisation established in March 2020 to support NHS front line staff and those most vulnerable groups in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, and ‘in-turn’ to help sustain local businesses and restaurants as suppliers.
Within the first four weeks we were able to raise enough funds to provide 25,000 meals across a network of more than 45 local businesses, developing a roster of deliveries co-ordinated across 50 volunteers. This was supplemented by the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), smartphones and tablets (so loved ones could see one another from hospital wards), care packages, and groceries including fresh vegetables, eggs, milk. bread, flour, pasta, tinned foods, toiletries and toilet paper.
Expanding quickly, and working with multiple partners, we were able to provide upwards of +1,500 meals a day to NHS frontline staff at 19 hospitals across London, Surrey, Sussex & Cornwall; and we continue to fund meals to a number of care and community centres that cater for more vulnerable individuals affected by the pandemic. The funds raised by individual donations and our sponsors has helped subsidise over 125,000 meals and has provided a much-needed lifeline to many local businesses who may otherwise have ceased trading.