Deliveroo donates £100,000 to Leeds hospitals charity Leeds Cares
Online food delivery company Deliveroo has donated £100,000 to Leeds hospitals charity Leeds Cares.
The donation, which was raised through a fundraising campaign, was made as part of Deliveroo’s Supporting the NHS campaign.
It will go towards a range of health and wellbeing initiatives to support staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deliveroo is donating a total of £500,000 to help staff at five NHS trusts across the UK.
The company's Supporting the NHS campaign saw 750,000 meals delivered to NHS workers earlier this year through vouchers and directly to hospitals.
More than 7,000 meals were delivered to Leeds Cares.
Esther Wakeman, chief executive of Leeds Cares, said: “We are so grateful to receive this amazing donation of £100,000 from Deliveroo who are going above and beyond to support the NHS across the United Kingdom.
“This is an extremely difficult time for everyone. Our events have had to be cancelled and our income is down, yet our hospitals need us more than ever.
"This generous donation will have an immediate impact on allowing us to support NHS staff, patients and families across Leeds. On behalf of everyone at Leeds Cares, thank you for your support.”
Leeds Central Labour MP Hilary Benn, said: “I’m sure this donation from Deliveroo will be put to good use in supporting the incredible work being done by all NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to make sure that they themselves are cared for as they put themselves on the line for us day after day.
“I also want to thank all those who donated through Deliveroo’s 'Support Our NHS' fund over the last few months for their support for NHS staff in Leeds.”
Will Shu, chief executive officer and Deliveroo founder, said: “NHS staff have played an invaluable role in keeping us and our loved ones safe during the pandemic.
"As a British business we feel duty-bound to use our network to support the NHS staff who are working night and day and face a difficult winter.
"That’s why our customers have been so incredibly generous, showing their enormous gratitude for all the amazing staff at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.”