Our core team formed in response to a request to help support NHS staff within the Critical Care Units who were working extremely long hours with limited access to food and provisions as supermarkets were bare and hospital canteens and food outlets were closed.
Working with multiple partners, we expanded quickly to boost morale and deliver support to hospitals across London, Surrey, Sussex and Cornwall; and we continue to provide meals to community kitchens, shelters which care for the vulnerable and victims of domestic violence, and units for outpatients affected by cancer.
We also delivered care packages to exhausted front line doctors and nurses together with a selection of baked sweets, desserts and handmade cards drawn by local school children. We were also able to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) when supplies were running low and covered car parking fees and accommodation for staff members so they could to continue to work under lockdown by lodging close to the hospital.
Our donation of tablets and smartphones allowed loved ones to see one another from hospital wards and facilitated home learning for those families who could not otherwise afford an electronic device.
The funds raised by individual donations and sponsors to date has helped us deliver in excess of 155,000 meals and has provided a lifeline to many local restaurant and catering businesses.