Around the country, millions of people are showing their appreciation for NHS staff working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of us are joining in by clapping for NHS and other key workers at 8pm on Thursdays, a new tradition that will, it’s hoped, continue in the coming weeks, while supermarkets are dedicating certain shopping hours to allow key workers doing long hours and night shifts to buy food safely.
But frontline workers can’t always get to supermarkets, or are not able to secure a supermarket delivery slot.
And for those people, small and big businesses are putting their resources into donating boxes of food and drink, and offering discounts for health service workers nationwide.
The NHS also has an extensive list of discounts available to its staff, which covers food shops, taxi companies and supermarkets.
Here are just some of those businesses that have already rallied round to support our NHS staff.
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Beer brand Brewgooder (which usually supports clean water charities) is donating a proportion of its beers at cost price to NHS workers with a campaign called ”One on us”. It has created a platform for customers to donate a four-pack of beer to an NHS employee with a £6 donation.
This will cover the cost to brew, pack and deliver the beer with a message included, while NHS workers can claim their four-pack by filling in this quick form.
It’s limited to one pack per person and available for delivery at residential addresses only.
This recipe box service takes healthy ingredients and a recipe card to follow right to you door, to take the stress out of shopping and deciding what to cook.
For NHS workers, it is offering 30 per cent off its food boxes and ready meal deliveries, which is ideal if you can’t make it to a supermarket during opening hours.
You will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org from your NHS email address and they will provide you with a code to access the discount.
Aside from offering 50 per cent off its menu for health service workers, Leon is also spearheading a campaign, #FeedNHS, to deliver free hot meals to hospital staff.
It’s teamed up with actors Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Matt Lucas with the aim of crowdfunding £1m and delivering 6,000 meals a day.
So far it has raised more than £700,000, and other London restaurants have joined the cause, including Dishoom, Rosa’s Thai, Pizza Pilgrims and Farmer J.
London’s Borough Market is working with three London hospitals: St Thomas’, Kings College Hospital and the Maudsley, to provide 4,000 bags of seasonal fruit and vegetables every week.
Packed and delivered by Borough Market trader, Turnips, the food will also be accompanied by recipe cards to inspire easy dishes that can be cooked at home.
The initiative is aimed at saving NHS workers from having to spend time queueing in supermarkets before or after a long shift.
The chef, based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, along with a local group of volunteers, raised £100,000 initially in just 48 hours to help feed NHS staff. The initiative, Meals from Marlow, began with the idea of providing 500 free meals a day to local healthcare and frontline workers.
But after reaching its target, the group, which includes the town’s mayor and town clerk, decided to expand the service to provide 1,000 meals a day in the Buckingham and Berkshire areas over eight weeks.
Tom has donated his cooking equipment to prepare the meals, and other professional chefs will be lending their services.
The group has now upped the target to £175,000, which they hope will provide 43,750 meals.
The food and drink takeaway service is offering 25 per cent off orders for NHS workers. According to Just Eat, more than 20,000 nurses, doctors, paramedics and other NHS employees have taken advantage of the discount already.
You need to register an NHS email account to access the deal, which currently runs until 13 April.
Just Eat has also put £10m into supporting the staff and operations of its small independent restaurants.
Deliveroo is encouraging its users to donate money or buy a meal for a doctor or a nurse here, while making 500,000 meals available to NHS workers across the UK for free.
Hospitals will also be able to order hot dishes directly with Deliveroo, starting in London and Manchester, with plans to expand.
Leeds-based brewery Northern Monk gave away 5,000 cans of its pale ale Faith to NHS workers across the country on 29 March.
Although the company has closed the doors of its Leeds and Manchester taprooms, Keep The Faith bulk packs of beer are available online.
In West Yorkshire’s village of Honley, tapas bar Punch Bar & Tapas has launched an NHS menu to provide free meals for NHS workers.
Funded mostly by local couple Ian and Jill Swire, who gave £20,000 to the cause, it has also provided enough meals for four people a week for three months.
In Wales, Holy Yolks, a scotch-egg maker, has joined forces with other independent food businesses to make up care packages for NHS workers in the Cardiff, Vale and Newport area.
The crowdfunding campaign has massively surpassed its £200 fundraising goal but is still taking donations here.
Spirit of Britain is a newly launched campaign by UK distilleries that have clubbed together to manufacture hand sanitiser for NHS staff and key workers.
The partnership, which includes companies such as Cotswolds Distillery, Staffordshire Gin and Whitby Gin, collectively has distributed more than 10,000 litres of sanitiser to healthcare providers, care homes, police officers and elderly residents.
It is also running a fundraising page that you can donate to here.
Taxi food delivery service Uber Eats is offering 100,000 vouchers worth £10 each to NHS staff, available to anyone with an NHS email address.
If you are already registered with Uber Eats, the promotional code will already be in your inbox.
This family-run, north London-based cheesemaker needs to be on your radar if you’re partial to a Mediterranean salad. Kupros Dairy sources raw milk from ewes in Lancashire and turns it into award-winning British cheese.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Kupros has launched its own “essentials” grocery service, available for collection and delivery from its hub in north London and collection from its base in Surrey. The essentials package costs £55 and includes fresh bread, eggs, milk, cheese, flour, pasta and pastries, as well as other supplies.
It offers a 10 per cent discount for all NHS workers on its essential packages, as well as a 15 per cent discount for NHS trusts that order at least 20 baskets, with a special delivery service available for trusts within 100 miles.
NHS workers can get 30 per cent off cheese by contacting Kupros, while everyone else can get a 25 per cent off discount with the code “STAYHEALTHY25”.
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