London Irish Rugby Club and local business join forces to get 100,000 meals to NHS workers
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London Irish Rugby Club and local business join forces to get 100,000 meals to NHS workers

A UNIQUE partnership between the London Irish Rugby Club and a north London waste management firm will see 100,000 meals delivered to NHS workers in the coming weeks to support their vital work fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The #PoweringtheNHS initiative has seen waste management and recycling company Powerday team up with the rugby club to deliver thousands of meals and vital equipment to hospitals across London.

The meals are being created at London Irish's Hazelwood training ground in Sunbury, West London.

Chefs from the Hazelwood kitchen team have volunteered to cook the meals, which is then being transported to numerous hospitals by Powerday and London Irish staff in company vehicles.

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London Irish's Blair Cowan delivering food to NHS workers

And some of the London Irish team stars are also helping out – with Matt Williams on hand prepping food and club captain Blair Cowan heading out with the team delivering the meals.

The kitchen will operate under strict operational processes, as indicated by the government guidelines, they confirmed this week, and a minimum of 800 meals will be made every day, with the ability to increase capacity if there is a demand to do so.

London Irish's Matt Williams in the kitchen helping prepare the meals

Edward Crossan, Vice Chairman of Powerday, who is leading the project, explained: “Those working on the frontline during this epidemic are true heroes.

“The number of lives they will save over the coming weeks will be in the thousands and we will all know someone affected by this disease. It goes without saying that we owe them a great debt of gratitude.”

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He added: “We are living in unprecedented times and it’s vital that we come together to beat Covid-19, which is why I’m so proud to be leading this initiative.”

Powerday staff delivering meals to Ealing Hospital

Powerday, a family-run company, is calling on the waste and construction industry to join in showing their support by donating a range of vital protective equipment to the NHS, including masks, gloves and goggles, to help keep doctors and nurses safe whilst they care for all those who have fallen ill.

“Hopefully we will bring together the waste and construction community to deliver food and equipment that will help keep doctors and nurses safe while they perform life-saving work,” Mr Crossan said.

“It is the least we can do, and we will be utilising our staff and company vehicles to reach as many hospitals as possible.”

To follow updates from the campaign join @Powering_The_NHS on Instagram.

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Companies looking to join the initiative should contact [email protected]