Food For Thought is made up of a team of 1st year nutrition students coming from a diverse set of backgrounds and studying at the UK’s number one provider of natural therapies the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Just like many of you, we have been extraordinarily moved by the stoic efforts of our NHS and Care Home front-line staff in their handling of the ongoing battle against Coronavirus.
Often, we have been moved to tears, watching in awe as they continue administering first-class care despite their own individual needs. Many have had to be separated from their own families so they could hold the hands of ours. Along the road, they have lost colleagues, run the gauntlet of no PPE, made their own masks and aprons in true Blue Peter fashion and have never once wavered. They fought the fight and never fled the field and in doing so burst our hearts with pride.
As a team, our intention, together with the help of our college, is to support all the front-line workers, from the cleaners to the nurses and consultants. In the meantime, we are raising money to sponsor black cabbie rides for as many staff as possible in order to get them to and from work in safely partitioned vehicles. Funds will be donated to NHS charities together for this purpose.
*With immediate effect the London Black Cab Trade are no longer offering this scheme. Money raised for this scheme will still go to NHS charities together.
In summary, the money raised will go towards the following:
· Raising funds for NHS charities together.
· Provide complementary nutritional support and advice which will be explored in the couple of months.
· Support front line workers mental resilience via donations to the Royal Foundation mental health charity
When time permits it, we will also be organising complementary walking tours of our wonderful city along with visits to historic buildings, museums and galleries, all conducted by qualified London Tourist Board Guides, many of whom have offered their services for free.
This year, the NHS will celebrate 72 glorious years on 5th of July, we wish to give thanks for the greatest gift a nation ever gave itself.
We kindly and humbly ask for your help by donating whatever you can spare. We understand it’s a financially difficult time for many at this time therefore any amount is will help. Your donation will keep giving, so whatever you can spare, regardless of how small, will help us all say a very big thank you, remembering always that the greater the storm, the brighter the RAINBOW.
· On Wednesday 10th June, we visited Muriel Street Care Home in North London and donated a Vitamix blender, fruit & vegetables as well as nutrition, homeopathic and acupuncture workshops courtesy of CNM. A big thanks to all who have donated so far to this much worth cause.
- Katie Vincent
- The RANt Group
- Janet Haagensen