The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves across the globe, and has impacted virtually every economy, industry, business, community, family and individual.
But while many of us have had our lives turned upside down, a huge number of Nottingham’s businesses and organisations have risen to the challenge, displaying extraordinary levels of compassion, selflessness and innovation in order to help others to weather this storm, or simply to brighten someone’s day.
Here’s our round-up of some of those who we feel deserve recognition for their remarkable actions and initiatives, in no particular order. We’ll be updating this regularly.
? The Robin Hood Fund – set up to help Nottingham’s most vulnerable during this crisis – managed to beat its £10k target in 30 hours and has raised over £27k at the time of writing. If you would like to donate or share the link via your platforms, you can do so
? Chefs at some of Nottingham’s top restaurants are cooking thousands of free meals for vulnerable people and NHS staff. Founded in Nottingham, the not-for-profit Open Kitchens scheme aims to raise £1.85m to get one million simple and nutritious meals to those most in need. Restaurants taking part include Yamas, Petit Paris, Bar Iberico, the Trent Navigation and The Angel. You can donate
? Nottingham City Council workers have started distributing hundreds of tons of food, toiletries and essential supplies out to the most vulnerable people across Nottingham.
? Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham supplied 16 machines to test for coronavirus. Together, the machines can perform an estimated 20,000 tests per day.
? Castle Rock Brewery launched its own ‘hardship fund’ to support its staff during the pandemic, and has also committed to paying its suppliers on time, despite the closure of its 22 pubs.
? DG Cars have been using their fleet to transport employees, residents, equipment and food parcels around Nottingham, and set up a GoFundMe page to sponsor free taxi travel for NHS workers, which they kickstarted with a £5k donation. They’ve also partnered up with Pak Foods and Chunky Chicken to deliver key essentials to the elderly and NHS workers.
? Tom Browns Brasserie have opened their kitchen to cook free meals for vulnerable, self-isolating people in the local community, funded by a JustGiving page which you can donate to here.
? Roomzzz Nottingham are offering 10 complimentary rooms for NHS staff and then at a reduced rate thereafter.
? Carriages are running their community café as a ‘takeaway’ every Wednesday, providing a meal in a bag that can be taken home to eat. This is being funded by a JustGiving page, and you can donate here.
? Alchemilla restaurant has been preparing hundreds of weekly meals to deliver to the Queen’s Medical Centre.
? The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club has offered all 30 of its hotel bedrooms to the NHS until the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
? Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates treated NHS workers to some of their award-winning chocolate to help keep their spirits up.
? De Vere Orchard Hotel are remaining open and providing accommodation for key workers and NHS staff.
? Nottinghamshire print firm Prime Group is manufacturing thousands of protective visors for the NHS, ramping production up to 10,000 a day with a funding campaign.
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Posted on 03 April 2020