British celebs team up with LEON to raise £1m to feed NHS workers
The campaign is spearheaded by Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Matt Lucas
As the Coronavirus situation continues to escalate in the UK, celebrities Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Matt Lucas have teamed up with restaurant chain LEON to launch a crowdfunding campaign aiming to help feed NHS workers one healthy hot meal per day.
The JustGiving campaign’s goal is to raise £1 million to get 6,000 daily meals to NHS staff working on the front line to care for patients who have contracted the virus, starting off in London’s hardest hit hospitals before going national.
Following the announcement, a string of popular UK restaurants have joined in with the effort – including Wasabi, Tortilla, Peach Pubs, Rosa Thai, Hop, Pizza Pilgrims, Franco Manca, Farmer J, Tossed, Haché, Abokado and Nusa Kitchen.
The #FeedNHS campaign’s JustGiving page highlights the long hours NHS staff are working in order to combat the virus, and underlines the need to get good food to workers at a time when restaurants and cafes are closed.
A statement on the page reads, “We are spearheading a campaign with LEON to get 6,000 meals a day into London hospitals for critical care staff and then hopefully across the nation to feed the NHS. The aim is that everyone will get one hot meal a day. We are starting this initiative in partnership with Imperial Charity Trust and UCLH Trust and hope others will be inspired to roll it out across the nation.
“Some of our heroes are already working 20 hour shifts and these hours will only get longer as the crisis worsens. With cafes and eateries all shut there is a real need to get healthy hot food to the hospitals.”
Any businesses or hospital trusts wanting to participate in the campaign are advised to visit www.leon.co to find out more.