Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined hands with NHS Nightingale frontline team in London and its long-standing hospital partners to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As multinational retailer that specialises in selling high quality clothing, home products and food products, M&S will help meet some of the needs of NHS teams and the patients in their care.
The company is donating thousands of specially branded t-shirts to form part of the uniform pack for the fantastic NHS team in London. M&S is sourcing, packing, and delivering much needed individual clothing care packs as a donation to NHS to help provide comfort and dignity for discharged patients, the company said in a press release.
The British retailer is donating thousands of specially branded ‘We are the NHS’ t-shirts to form part of the uniform pack for NHS’ team, making it easier for everyone to identify the fantastic doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers who are all working tirelessly to save lives. M&S is sourcing, packing. and delivering the individual care packs for male and female patients, which each contain a t-shirt, jumper, joggers, knickers or boxers, and socks, and will be available in a range of sizes.
M&S is starting a new, twice-weekly free food delivery programme to help feed the hardworking teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, with deliveries of nearly 5,000 prepared meals, sandwiches and treats every week for the next two months.
To further build on its local relationships, the team at M&S’s Castle Donington distribution centre will donate over 4,000 pyjama sets required for doctors and nurses at NHS Royal Derby Hospital to wear as scrubs as they care for patients.
In addition to supporting the NHS with food and clothes, M&S is donating to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, which is helping to fund essential support for NHS staff and volunteers caring for patients across the UK. Customers can help do their bit by selecting NHS Charities Together, partners of the Clap for Carers initiative, as their preferred Sparks charity, enabling M&S to continue donating every time customers shop in its Food stores and online.
As well as supporting these hospitals, M&S has introduced steps to help make it easier for our NHS heroes to access the products and services they need quickly and easily.
It follows the introduction of special shopping hours for NHS, emergency service and health and social care workers every Tuesday and Friday during the first hour of trade and dedicated M&S Bank telephone banking hours from 6pm to 7pm every day.
M&S has also increased the size and product range of daily deliveries to its 46 hospital stores across the UK to help NHS workers access essential family products, including more meat, fish, produce and personal care items.
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