John Lewis sends care packages to frontline NHS staff

The John Lewis Partnership is providing frontline NHS workers with care packages to keep them refuelled and refreshed as they continue facing extreme pressure caring for patients in UK hospitals.

In partnership with the British Medical Association (BMA), the care boxes are starting to be delivered. Nearly 500 boxes have been sent to acute hospital trusts in the UK. This will ensure healthcare staff working long hours, and under terrible strain, receive the essentials they need.

Based on advice from the BMA, the supplies include much-needed non-clinical essentials, such as shaving foam, hand cream and lip balm, as well as socks and 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 2,000 boxes of essentials to over 500 Hospital Trust locations during the pandemic. This has included care packages for Mental Health Trusts.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA Chair of Council, said: “When so many healthcare staff have put in hour after hour over such a prolonged period and are continuing to do so, a deed such as this, to show how much they are appreciated, will certainly bring a little light relief.

“We’re delighted to work with the John Lewis Partnership to provide these care boxes to so many frontline staff over the coming days. Whilst we know that many staff are facing huge challenges, we hope these boxes will bring a few smiles and some comfort to as many staff as possible during these incredibly difficult times.”

Marija Rompani, Partner and Director, Sustainability and Ethics, John Lewis Partnership, added: “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. 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.”

The JLP has already gifted the NHS thousands of essential food items, hot meals and items such as pillows and phone chargers, and it has supported a number of NHS Nightingale Hospitals and acute hospitals with wellbeing and multi-faith areas or with electrical products for staff areas. John Lewis reopened its textiles factory ‘Herbert Parkinson’ in Lancashire, to make protective gowns for the NHS.

The John Lewis 2020 ‘Give A Little Love’ also still continues to support the vulnerable during the pandemic and beyond.