Coronavirus: the positive hospitality industry moves

By James McAllister

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Coronavirus: the positive hospitality industry moves

Related tags: Coronavirus, UnitedWeStand

A regular round-up of the positive action the hospitality industry is taking to fight back.

- Berkmann Wine Cellars is launching a 'Help 4 Hospitality’ initiative, to deliver wine direct to customers, with 12.5% of each sale donated to the hospitality sector. The donation can be used directly to aid a chosen hospitality outlet during this crisis, or will be split between two charities supporting the hospitality industry: The Drinks Trust, and Hospitality Action. The campaign is set to continue until the hospitality sector is back up and running following the lift of lockdown restrictions caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

- Farnborough-based chefs Mark Walshaw and Gavin Roche have teamed up to help feed NHS staff working on the Coronavirus frontline. Walshaw, who’s a senior head chef for contract caterer Amadeus, sourced surplus stock from the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, and worked with Roche to create more than 50 batches of couscous curry that was then delivered by the pair to their local hospital. “We thought this would be a fantastic idea to just play a small part in supporting the NHS at what is such an unprecedented time for everyone,” says Walshaw. “I hope it goes to show that everyone is really pulling together at the moment for those that need our support.”

- Gail’s has partnered with Ralph Lauren and The Conduit club to feed the NHS. So far the bakery chain has produced almost 2,000 meals, and baked over 2,000 loaves of bread to be donated to NHS health workers in the capital; and soon it will be delivering 2,400 meals a week to frontline staff. The Conduit will help coordinate the effort to deliver end-of-day meals to workers, with Ralph Lauren supporting the cause by donating vital funds to support the NHS staff. In the coming weeks, the campaign aims to increase support and deliver to several hospitals across London, including Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

- The Licensed Trade Charity has launched a Covid-19 appeal with the support of drinks brand Kopparberg. The charity is helping to provide financial assistance and practical advice for those in the pub, bar and brewery industry during this difficult time, and along with Kopparberg, is fundraising to safeguard the future of the drinks industry in the UK. For every donation over £20, supporters (aged 18+) will receive a complimentary case of Kopparberg cider or gin to say thank you. To date, the campaign has raised over £1,300. For more details, click here​.

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