NHS workers are trying to save lives around the clock, but they are often faced with a daily scenario of canteens being shut at 5pm and almost empty vending machines. Meals for the NHS identified the problem early on in the COVID-19 crisis and set out to find a solution. To date, the organisation has raised nearly £1.3 million in donations from the public. In under six weeks, it has delivered more than 95,000 meals to NHS staff across the country, covering over 40 towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and in the process, deploying in excess of £500,000 into local food providers.
Mishcon de Reya is proud to support Meals for the NHS with pro bono advice on a range of legal issues allowing the organisation to focus on delivering sustenance to those on the front line.
Alick Varma, Founding Team Member of Meals for the NHS, commented: "This is an incredibly difficult time for both frontline workers and local businesses and we are proud to do our bit in ensuring that NHS staff have a hot meal to boost morale as they come off a long shift whilst also providing an economic lifeline to over 150 small businesses up and down the country. Mishcon de Reya has been invaluable in coordinating a team of specialist legal advisers who have guided us with the relevant expertise, at speed and with pragmatism.”
Susan Breen, Corporate Partner, commented: "We feel privileged to have played a small part in helping Alick and his team with this terrific project to support our amazing NHS workers. We are delighted to have been able to assist Meals for the NHS who have been able to generate so much enthusiasm for the provision of hot meals to those on the front line.”
The Mishcon team includes Partners Susan Breen and Charlie Sosna, Associates Matilda Calvert-Barr, Moustapha Hammond and Emily Dorotheou and Data Protection Advisor Jon Baines.
Meals for the NHS is continuing to fundraise to help even more NHS employees. For details, please see here.