Chiswick Mutual Aid Group Feed the NHS
Huge response to Imperial Health Charity's urgent Covid-19 appeal
A group of Chiswick locals have organised a drive for donations for the NHS that has left the one of the beneficiaries ‘speechless’ with the extent of what has been gathered.
The Chiswick Mutual Aid group was formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak and this week they held an NHS donations drive in aid of Imperial Health Charity's Urgent Covid-19 appeal. The drive was organised by Eliza Grimond with administrative support from Philippa Griffin, Izzy Francke, Alyson Mitchell, Will Gibson, Samantha Burden and Laura Arthurton.
Hundreds of individuals and families from across Chiswick, Acton and Stamford Brook participated in the two-day drive, which ran from 1-5 pm on 18 and 19 April.
It was orchestrated in partnership with St Michael's Church on Elmwood and took place at the church centre. The organisers are particularly grateful to Sue White, the Churchwarden, for all her help and support during the two days.
The drive collected non-perishable food and toiletries for NHS workers and Covid-19 patients.. Donations will be used as care packages at on-site hospital wellness centres and stores for medical workers to visit for when they can't get to the shops.
They had contributions from local businesses including The Hogarth Health Club, the Clayton Hotel, As Nature Intended and the BP garage on South Parade.
Sorting will take place during this week and next weekend and volunteers will drive the contributions to a collection point then.
Eliza said, "The drive was a massive success and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of local individuals, families and business across Chiswick. The local community pulled together to donate tens of thousands of pounds worth of food and toiletries to the NHS workers saving lives during the COVID-19 crisis. With special thanks to Sue and St Michael's for helping to make this happen."
Hayley Pannick, Head of Fundraising at Imperial Health Charity described herself as speechless at the effort and added, “The goodwill and generosity we’ve seen towards our NHS staff in the last few weeks has been incredibly heartwarming, and we’re so grateful to the Chiswick Mutual Aid Group for creating this donation drive. We’d like to thank everyone who supported the event by giving their time and donating supplies to help our NHS colleagues at this difficult time.”
April 14, 2020