Frontline NHS Staff in North Wales were served 12,500 meals during the Coronavirus pandemic thanks to a collaboration between Crest Co-operative and a North Wales restaurant group.
Crest Co-operative’s army of volunteer delivery provided the wheels for Dylan’s restaurant meals, feeding key workers at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Bangor’s Ysbyty Gwynedd.
As part of the ‘Neges’ delivery scheme, NHS staff who were unable to access canteen facilities whilst on shift had lunch bags and hot meals delivered to their ward and departments seven days a week.
With support from the Steve Morgan Foundation and Gwynt y Môr Community Fund, Crest Co-operative and Dylan’s volunteer staff collaborated to produce and distribute more than 1,000 meals each week.
Jay Martin, Strategic Business Development Manager for Crest Co-operative, said: “We were proud to partner Dylan's Restaurants in delivering this project to support frontline NHS staff and those in need in our community in an unprecedented time of national crisis.”
Crest Cooperative offers reconditioned household appliances to members of the public with a 12-month warranty and at a fraction of the cost of buying it new. With showrooms in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction, Crest has trained engineers on-site who recondition the appliances, from fridges and freezers to washing machines and cookers.
The Co-operative also sells recycled furniture and offers training opportunities for volunteers who may have found it difficult to find regular work in the past.
David Evans, co-founder of Dylan’s, added: “Having started the deliveries at the beginning of the outbreak, we were very grateful to Crest for their support which helped us create a sustainable base for the project, ensuring the purchase of ingredients and delivery of nutritious meals to frontline NHS hospital staff.”