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Feeding the NHS Night Staff

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Do you want to join us in making a difference? We're raising money in aid of THE FRIENDS OF THE CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us. 



We are  Joe and Annabelle Colairo and, together with our family, we run a Cafe and Outside Catering company called Masters on Blackfriars Road, London. This is now closed, except for the kitchens, but check us out @ & on instagram @ masterscatering_london


A consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital told us that "frontline staff were having a terrible and stressful time, working 12-14 hour shifts with no food available to them. The canteens are closed at night. The frontline staff, many of whom live alone, some of whom have to go to food banks, are exhausted after their long shifts ". 

   (Quotes from Alison Hulme’s  texts - she is the Consultant paediatric surgeon who alerted us to this problem.)

“The IT Nurses are most at risk - poor things. I think they are having a gruelling time and so shopping and cooking is just too much for them when they are so low, both physically and emotionally”

“There is no time during shifts for a break, but a meal before or after would be hugely appreciated.”


We specialise in supplying freshly cooked, nutritious and delicious meals. Joe is up at 4 in the morning, sourcing the best produce in New Covent Garden Market.

Since the 28th March, our chefs Sergio, Luis & Cesar have generously and freely volunteered to provide between 40 and 60 hot meals to frontline staff at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and The Royal London Hospital, Mile End.


Unfortunately we can’t sustain the cost of the food and packaging on our own any longer, and that’s why we need you.

You can be sure that your gift is well spent and it reaches the people most at risk and need.

* We are working on a NOT-FOR-PROFIT basis
* We have all the health, safety and 5* Hygiene certificates
* We know our nutritious meals will help keep the nurses healthier
* We know they will go directly to the nurses who need them most, those on the frontline
* Delivery is arranged by The Chelsham Road Community Association, who have Alison Hulme, a consultant paediatric surgeon, making sure it is delivered directly to the now expanded ITU unit. It goes in at 9pm.
* They also deliver treats, vitamin shots, fresh fruit and also much needed Organic Juice from PIPORGANIC.COM which is being supplied totally for free. The PPE kit is like wearing a plastic bag and dehydration is a problem for the nurses wearing it
* There are no middle men or large corporations taking a cut as with some other organisations
* The cost per meal is £3.50 


In our experience, there are many donations for frontline staff working during the day, but not for those working at night. Where there are donations of food to the night shift staff, they never make it to them; and that's why we need your help.

“ Someone delivered 15 Pizzas 2 days ago and left them at reception. By the time they got to ITU there were only 2! “

WE KNOW OUR MEALS GET DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO ITU. ( By volunteers every night from Chelsham Road)

Here are some testimonials….

“Every day for the past 2 weeks I have collected 40 delicious wholesome, freshly cooked meals, half of which are vegetarian. The offering is wholeheartedly generous, inventive, varied, nutritious and of great quality. 
I met one nurse leaving a 14 hour day shift, who had had some of Joe and Annabelle's meals when she was on night duty. She said “ Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you what a lifeline this is. Who are these people who are so amazing? It means so much to us - it makes me want to cry . I’ve been working all day and only finishing now at 9pm means I haven’t been able to eat all day. It’s like a war zone in there. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is just what we need.”  - Janie from Chelsham Road

"ITU and theatre nurses are very grateful" - Ben, Consultant 

One of the nurses said they were anxious about getting ill and that its a very worrying time for them. They said the food is amazing and it gives them something to look forward to after a tough shift.

* The cost per meal is £3.50. We deliver 7 days a week which is 280 meals each week to Chelsea and we are looking to raise £980 amount per week. 
We have the capacity to deliver more meals to different frontline staff in other hospitals if we have the funds and only if we have the direct access with the frontline staff and operating theatre night managers. Your money will go towards meals for those that need it most. 

Thank you so much for making this possible.

Yours faithfully, 
Joe and Annabelle


  • Cynthia Ingraham
    • £500 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anoushka Kenley
    • £30 
    • 3 yrs


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