- 6 April 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Yodel has joined an alliance of businesses called Salute the NHS that aims to feed critical NHS workers over the next three months, an organisation led by Ron Dennis CBE.
Starting at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Salute the NHS has already begun operations this week. Next week it will work into the London children’s hospital Great Ormond Street, and then as directed by the government across the UK.
ICU teams, anaesthetic teams and A&E staff are unable to leave their clinical areas during their 12 hour shifts and the Salute the NHS programme is to offer nutritious, ready-to-eat meals to them free of charge. This allows them to stay in their units and not change out of their protective clothing.
Mike Hancox, Chief Executive at Yodel said: “We’re doing everything we can to keep the country moving during this unprecedented time and our colleagues across the business feel honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause. We are tremendously grateful for everything that the NHS is doing, and it is a privilege to be able to support workers. Producing and distributing meals to the NHS frontline will require careful planning and a collaborative effort from all the partners involved, and we’re confident we have the right team in place to do it.”
Funded by private interests, Salute the NHS has already received well over £1 million in donations from large donors. Ron Dennis CBE, co-founder of the organisation said, “This is a time when all of us, individuals and businesses alike, need to stand up and be counted in the effort to combat COVID-19. We’re all in this together. I am delighted to be leading this initiative to help ensure that vital NHS workers have nutritious meals while they work every hour in this fight. It means they have one less thing to worry about. We have called this SalutetheNHS.org because I think we are all in awe of the work they are doing to save lives.
“We would like to thank Tesco, Absolute Taste, Yodel, Leeways, Domestic & General, Team Rubicon, Hunter Design, Withers and Maitland/AMO, for the enormous support they are giving. This is a huge logistical effort to build a major, professional food delivery operation almost from scratch in a week. I have been so impressed by the fantastic things we have achieved together so far, but we need support from others, as well as ongoing donations to keep this whole operation going.”