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NHS fund conceived by restaurant chains and Deliveroo reaches £1.5m

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Deliveroo customer donations and corporate funding has helped raise over £1.5m for the support of NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will allow tens of thousands of NHS employees to order a free meal to their homes via a £20 Deliveroo meal voucher.

Additionally, Deliveroo has already committed to making 500,000 free meals available to frontline NHS workers, with deliveries to hospitals across the country.

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An initial supply of 50,000 £20 vouchers is being made available, while nearly 60,000 free meals have been delivered to hospitals so far.

The money raised and food donated – by restaurants such as Pizza Hut, KFC, Itsu and more – totals around £3.5million.

Corporate donors include Deliveroo partners like American Express and the Reuben Foundation.

Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: “Whether to hospitals or homes, Deliveroo is providing NHS workers with free meals and we are incredibly proud to do so. This is just a small gesture of thanks for the enormous effort they are all making to save lives and protect us all.”

Meanwhile, Louise Parkes, chief executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, said: “I want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to Deliveroo for their donation of meals for our staff, which will be invaluable in helping to support them during this challenging time.

“The hospital’s incredible staff are working around the clock, under huge pressure, to guarantee children at GOSH receive the care they need, and the generosity shown to help support them during this time is really inspiring for us all to see.”

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