Through an incredibly difficult time for many, Critical NHS were able to raise over £260,000 to coordinate and deliver over 98,000 meals to front line staff across 15 London Hospitals. With the help from firms such as ourselves by way of donations, their efforts have now expanded to helping the homeless via the Kaleidoscope Project & YMCA, vulnerable families in South London through Evolve London and Swan London and NHS community nurses, care workers and vulnerable families through the Trident Centre and Managing Care CIC.
Since launching - they have been able to cut through the red tape and have helped to supply not only hot meals to where they were needed most, but much needed PPE (scrub caps, shoe covers, protective eyewear and head visors), helped patients to see loved ones by getting tablets donated to critical wards, developed bespoke name-labels so NHS staff could identify each other behind layers of PPE, delivered 500 goody bags, and early on (when supermarket shelves were bare) we helped front line staff by providing food essentials such as pasta, milk, bread, eggs, sanitary goods and toilet rolls so that staff didn't need to go shopping.
They helped co-ordinate the supply of scrubs through South London Scrubbers and For the Love of Scrubs when the Turkish delivery of gowns went awry. They ran numerous fundraising events and auctions with the support of local celebrities helping to deliver food and raise awareness; Susanna Reid, Guy Henry, Jason Flemyng, and Imogen Thomas.
Working with over 50 restaurants and local catering firms, they were able to put much needed funds back into the community to support restaurateurs and food manufacturers who would have ceased trading without their support.
Since the number of Covid patients has thankfully now declined, they have turned their focus to support groups now most in need - the vulnerable and homeless.
Rory Scott of SPS Financial Recruitment and one of the founders of Critical NHS commented: “With the processes, contacts, suppliers and staff in place, we are ‘ready to roll at the drop of a hat’” in case of a second wave.
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