Companies come out in support in their dozens for key workers & the vulnerable

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Businesses from across the region have come together to support front-line NHS workers and provide crucial necessities for their communities.

Companies across the region have shown their support for key workers and vulnerable people with donations of surplus food, drinks and free treats for NHS staff.

With companies coming together to help the most vulnerable during this global pandemic, members of Shakespeare’s England, the destination management organisation (DMO) for South Warwickshire, have been working to support their local communities.

Notably, Henley-in-Arden based Johnsons Coaches has donated all Easter eggs from its cancelled spring tours to local schools and medical centres for children and staff to enjoy, while the company offers free travel for NHS workers to keep critical workers moving.

There have also been donations of food from Coombe Abbey Hotel to University Hospital in Coventry while Warwick Castle has donated surplus food to Warwick Food Bank.

More than 800 aprons, 2,600 gloves and 120 hair nets have been donated to NHS Staff by Cotswold Farm Park to help boost medical supplies.

NHS workers can also receive free tea and coffee at Hotel Indigo in Stratford as a special thank you for their hard work, while staff at the Royal Fusiliers Museum in Warwick have dedicated time to help local people in their area with food deliveries.

A community support group has been set up by Shipston Town Council to support vulnerable local people, with volunteers delivering groceries and prescriptions across the village and more than 200 meals have been handed out to community groups and vulnerable people supplied by Bicester headquartered Peach Pubs.

PPE equipment has been donated to front-line NHS staff by Solihull College & University Centre by the Health & Social Care, Hair & Beauty and Science departments, including gloves, aprons, anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitisers, and there’s also been donations of equipment by Stratford Butterfly Farm, with 1400 pairs of medical gloves and 100 surgical masks donated.

At Compton Verney, if your daily walks take you through the park, keep an eye out for the rainbow supporting NHS workers and once it is safe for Compton Verney to reopen, they offer a Blue Light discount for all emergency service workers.

NHS staff are being offered discounted rates on Stratford Central Apartments and at Mercure Shakespeare Hotel and Mercure Walton Hall for those needing somewhere to stay, while self-employed musicians are being offered support by a fund set up by Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon with donations from generous ticket purchasers donating their refunded ticket money.

Over 100 bottles of shampoo and shower gel were donated to NHS staff by Coombe Abbey Hotel to show their support and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has donated gloves, masks and goggles that are normally used by the museum and archive teams.

Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, which works to support the tourism industry in the region, has praised companies for coming together during these difficult times.

She said: “Amongst all this chaos and these worrying times, it’s great to see some positive stories from Shakespeare’s England members coming together to support key workers and their communities in any way they can.

“I would urge all companies at a time like this to support the most vulnerable and despite businesses facing difficult and uncertain times, it’s wonderful to see our members coming together to provide support in whatever way they can.

“I would like to urge all companies to get in touch with us if you think you have support you can offer and also I would like to say a massive thank you to those who have stepped up so far during this global crisis.”