A fundraising campaign has been launched in Boston to help feed NHS frontline workers.
A number of restaurants and eateries from across the town have joined together to set up an appeal to provide food packs for staff at Boston Pilgrim Hospital.
They are hoping money donated from a GoFundMe appeal will provide staff with hot meals.
Mohammed Alexander, from the Raj Palace restaurant set up the campaign and told Boston Vibe: “I came up with the idea as I came across Facebook posts of workers from the Pilgrim Hospital asking for assistance with food and deliveries.
“They were struggling to get hold of these things due to the eateries being closed and they were really struggling to stock up on supplies in between shifts.
“I was reading posts about A&E being so busy that the staff didn’t have the time to ring round to see who is still delivering.
“The NHS holds a special place in my heart, as I’m sure it does for most people – having said that, we can sometimes fall guilty of taking it for granted.
“I relied on it’s services as a child, have a mother who suffers from arthritis and most recently had the privilege of experiencing the maternity ward at Pilgrim when I became a father for the first time.
“The NHS professionals do an amazing job and it has to be said that they are overworked and under-resourced. ”
He said: “With the current pandemic they selflessly turn up for work everyday while I have the privilege of being able to isolate myself away at home.
“And sadly, as the cases rise and we experience our first deaths, they are stepping up as friends and family at the bedside at what is sometimes proving to be the final moments of someones life.
“The Raj Palace Restaurant has partnered up Brunch and DoMuk in Boston and have been supported by SOS Pilgrim – Call to Action, it has to be said that Alison has been a great support and help and with these donations we will get nutritious food, fruit baskets and water to those on the frontline.
“It’s a small gesture of appreciation and will hopefully take a burden off of their shoulders, and have a positive impact on mental health and well being while they devote themselves to the care of others.
“This is a great community and we take care of each other around here so I know everyone will support this campaign and share it widely.”
So far the campaign has raised £1,231 out of it’s £10,000 target and delivered 325 packages of food to the hospital.
Mohammed is hopeful that if they can hit their target then they would be able to expand their service across the county.
“The food is all prepared in a professional kitchen that has been consistently awarded the five star hygiene rating. The Chef is also qualified with the Food Hygiene Certification.
“The delivery is made with no contact by myself and my brother as we both live in the same household.”
Alison Marriott, part of the SoS Pilgrim – Call For Action group said: “I think it’s amazing of Mo to organise this, responding quickly to a clear need identified last Friday, we are 100% behind him.
“But we need everyone’s help to spread the word please.”
If you’d like to donate you can find the GoFundMe page here.