// John Lewis Partnership to provide frontline NHS workers with care packages
// The business teamed up with the British Medical Association
// Nearly 500 boxes have been sent to acute hospital trusts in the UK
John Lewis Partnership has announced it will be providing frontline NHS workers with care packages as the fight continues to keep Covid-19 under control.
In partnership with the British Medical Association (BMA), the partnership said it plans to keep NHS workers “refuelled and refreshed” as they face extreme pressure amid the pandemic.
The care boxes are starting to be delivered as hospital admissions for patients continue to remain high in every region.
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Nearly 500 boxes have been sent to acute hospital trusts in the UK to safely distribute to high intensity clinical areas such as Critical Care and Intensive Care units.
The supplies include toiletries, such as deodorant, socks, shaving foam, hand cream and lip balm; as well as snack food, tea and coffee.
The boxes also contain a wellbeing leaflet with information about a 24/7 counselling service and guidance from the BMA on a range of issues.
In total, the John Lewis Partnership will have delivered almost 2000 boxes of essentials to over 500 Hospital Trust locations during the pandemic. This has included care packages sent to Mental Health Trusts.
“We are extremely grateful for the courage and humanity of everyone in the NHS working tirelessly to fight this virus – from intensive care to mental health,” John Lewis Partnership Sustainability & Ethics director Marija Rompani said.
“We are exceptionally lucky to have an amazing health service open to all and this is a small token to show our thanks again for their relentless hard work.”
John Lewis said it reopened its textiles factory Herbert Parkinson in Lancashire, to make protective gowns for the NHS.
The business’ 2020 Give a Little Love campaign raised over £3 million for charities Home-Start and FareShare, aiming to support 100,000 families in need.
Last week, the partnership said it will extend its support to meet the specific needs of the most vulnerable, backed with a further donation of £2 million.