Islanders have donated over £4,000 in just 24 hours to provide home-delivered meals for local “healthcare heroes” and their families “in their biggest time of need”.
Launched by the Chairman of a global foundation living in Jersey who wishes to remain anonymous, #FeedOurFrontline is being piloted in Jersey, but it is hoped it will soon launch in the UK and eventually worldwide to support the “excellent” work all healthcare professionals are doing around the globe to fight corona virus.
The aim of the campaign is to provide healthcare professionals with either a home delivery meal for themselves, or their family, in the hope to alleviate “some of the stress and huge amount of pressure” they are currently under as the result of the current health emergency.
It comes after new research released today found that around one in five islanders were not able to get all or most of the essential grocery items they wanted last week.
Pictured: Over £4,000 have been donated on the Feed Our Frontline website in the last 24 hours.
Islanders as well as companies are being urged to donate on the FeedOurFrontline website.
The donations will fund vouchers that will be distributed to key workers to use on the new online store app, Fetch.je, which offers takeaway and delivery services. It launched last week, and has already received over 2,500 visitors.
£10 will help provide a home-delivered meal for a healthcare worker while £20 while provide a meal for a healthcare worker and their family.
“They are putting their lives on the line. Many are having to stay away from their own families… and they often face empty shelves when they leave their shift,” the FeedOurFrontline website notes. “The least we can do is step up and help with something more than a clap.”
Pictured: The team from Sorel Ward at the hospital.
The #FeedOurFrontline team said they will be working with the hospital authorities to identify those they can best support. “The more you give, the more people we can help,” they said.
“This will be the islands way of saying thank you to frontline workers and to work together to help everyone through this crisis."
The campaign platform was launched in just five days thanks to the work of The Potting Shed and Race Nation, who answered a call out from Jason Laity of Digital Jersey to the tech industry.
Pictured: Fetch.je is a local online 'store of stores', which launched last week.
It is hoped the campaign will not only support local frontline staff, “who are working tirelessly throughout all hours of the day”, but also the hard-hit hospitality industry.
The Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA) is helping local businesses that offer takeaway and delivery services get on Fetch.je.
“During this period of uncertainty, it’s now more important than ever that we rally round together and support one another. It’s fantastic to be collaborating with several other local businesses to support our healthcare professionals on the #FeedOurFrontline campaign,” Simon Soar, Chief Executive of the JHA, said.
“It’s a way to demonstrate the island’s gratitude for their dedication to duty, whilst also giving back to local hospitality businesses at the same time.
“We hope islanders will take this opportunity to show their community spirit, dig deep and make donations as a way of saying thank you to those working on the frontline.”
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