These are confusing and worrying times, but like most dark times – humanity is shining through more than ever. Especially from big companies. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of big and small companies have been doing their bit to help out, whether this is donating part of their profits to the NHS or by helping the amazing staff who work there however they can. We wanted to highlight some of the brilliant companies that are doing this! Have a look and get involved if you can.
The Co-op is offering temporary employment to any hospitality workers who have lost their jobs. During this time, shops are rushed off of their feet, meaning they need as many workers as possible. Not only does this help people who have lost their jobs, but it’s also helping the shops and the public! As if it couldn’t get better, they have been giving children who go to one of their 25 Co-Op Academy schools a £20 voucher a week to help them get food while they are off.
Pharmacies are extremely important during this time. They have to help provide the public with their medicine, and now more than ever people need more of it. Lloyds Pharmacy has hired 1,500 new staff members to help with all of the orders as well as recruiting 406 pharmacy students!
The HSBC has donated £1m to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and to the British Red Cross to help support people affected by Covid-19.
McCarthy and Stone has offered government and local authorities over 300 completed apartments to house older people recovering from Covid-19 or NHS key workers.
Some NHS key workers are struggling to get to work, so Brompton Bicycles are stepping forward and providing 200 bikes to hire, free of charge to the key workers. If staff are able to drive to work, then NCP has extended its offer of free parking to NHS workers, helping them save money and time, meaning they can save more lives!
Sports Direct have offered all of their lorries to help deliver medical equipment and supplies for the NHS!
Burberry will also be using its supply network to deliver 100,000 surgical masks to NHS workers. As well as this they are using its factory in Yorkshire to manufacture non-surgical gowns and masks for patients in hospitals.
Sandro is using their factories to make face masks for non medical workers in hospitals! As well as this, the brand has released a T-shirt to raise money for the Red Cross where it will be donating 100% of its profits to the charity!
Clothing companies have also offered their help to the NHS. Grenson Shoes have asked shoppers to nominate their NHS hero via their instagram using the hashtag #grensonheroes where one person will be chosen daily to receive a free pair of shoes.
Kurt Guiger is offering all NHS workers a 50% discount for a year when shopping in store! They are also encouraging their staff to volunteer at their local hospital where they will also be distributing 55 £100 Kurt Guiger vouchers to NHS staff in the critical care departments.
Some NHS staff have had to put off their weddings too, to help with the cost, Pronovias is offering all hospital employed brides to be a free wedding dress, however this offer only lasts until August 31st, 2020.
CEO and Founder of PrettyLittleThing, Umer Kamani has donated his March salary to help support small businesses who are struggling during this pandemic. He has also set up the hashtag #PrettyLittleWishes, where he has been giving away contributions to the community by donating to NHS workers who are struggling financially.
Overseas companies have also been helping out their own countries, for example Canada Goose has repurposed its factories in Toronto and Winnipeg to help produce scrubs and gowns free of charge for hospitals all over Canada.
One of the biggest fashion brands Gucci is also doing its bit by donating £1m to two organisations, Italian Civil Protection Department and World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidary Response Fund.
If you want to know how you can help, take this anonymous survey for the NHS from Corona Help UK. It takes less than a minute and will help to figure out how we can stop the Corona virus from spreading.
Stay safe, everybody!