Manchester hospital staff thanked with free drinks and food

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Emergency staff working at Manchester Royal Infirmary after last night’s bomb attack are getting free food and drink at a neighbouring pub thanks to crowd-funding.

London businessman Ed Hall set up a fund-raising campaign through because “people working shifts after a bombing shouldn’t buy their own drinks”.

Originally appealing for £1,000 by 5pm to be put behind the bar at the neighbouring Turing Tap in Oxford Road, the total had exceeded £6,000 by 6pm today and was nearing £9,000 by 8pm. The Turing Tap’s owner Stonegate Pub Company has in addition promised to provide free food for the hard-working staff.

Ed, who is also a volunteer for a lifeboat crew in London, wrote: “I listened to the awful news this morning and thought I’d like to put a few quid behind the bar at a pub near the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

“I know alcohol isn’t the answer to the stress and trauma that the emergency services have experienced today, but it seems a simple and easy way to say thank you. I’m putting £50 behind the bar. Any amount you can afford I’ll add it to mine.”

Zoe O’Sullivan from Stonegate Pub Company added: “We thank our emergency services for the huge efforts following the tragic events last night.

“Honouring staff from Manchester Royal Infirmary is a great tribute but knowing how many more NHS staff we can now thank is incredible.”

Teas, coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are being offered to NHS staff who have helped all those affected by the events. All they have to do is show their emergency service or hospital ID.

With more money coming in, Ed hopes to arrange events near other hospitals and police stations in Manchester in the next few days.

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