East Anglian hospitality group Chestnut has teamed up with Food4Heroes to help provide fresh, nutritious meals for frontline NHS workers.
The not-for-profit initiative, which is operated entirely by volunteers, has been launched to initially provide 300 free meals per week to NHS workers at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital CCU, with the aim of adding more meals and hospitals in the region as funding increases.
Food4Heroes is a national scheme, prompted by a heart-rending online appeal by NHS worker Dawn Bilborough, who was unable to buy food in her local supermarket after completing a 48-hour shift.
Food4Heroes will have delivered more than 60,000 meals to 12 Hospitals in England by the end of April.
Chestnut has launched the Giving Tree, a newly established arm of the business dedicated entirely to supporting its local communities.
People can donate to the Giving Tree to support the team in buying local produce, which will then be turned into nutritious meals by experienced chefs. These will then be packaged and delivered directly to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, whilst adhering to social distancing advice at all times.
Philip Turner, founder of Chestnut (pictured), said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Food4Heroes.
“We have been inspired by many heart-warming initiatives across the UK and as East Anglia is our heartland, it makes complete sense to support our local frontline teams as best we can.
“There has already been some great response by businesses and local people in the region. I would particularly like to thank both Hopkins Homes and Birketts for their very generous donations.
“To make sure we can continue to keep feeding our key workers we do need your support, so please keep donating!”