Blakemore supplies ‘help from hospital’ bags

AF Blakemore has partnered with the Royal Voluntary Service on a number of initiatives to help vulnerable people and NHS workers during the Coronavirus crisis.

The company has secured a contract with the Royal Voluntary Service to supply products for 5,000 ‘help from hospital’ bags.

The bags contain essentials for patients leaving hospital and include tea, coffee, milk, tuna, baked beans, soups, a wafer snack and soft drinks as well as a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap. These are being delivered to four Royal Voluntary Service distribution centres across the UK for the charity to distribute to people in need via its volunteer network.

AF Blakemore is also collaborating with customers, suppliers and Royal Voluntary Service to provide essential foods and refreshments to frontline workers in the NHS.

The business is helping to deliver food and drink donated by partners including Milk & More, PepsiCo, Lucozade, Fulfil and Walkers Snacks to NHS workers across the UK.

These initiatives follow the announcement that SPAR is partnering with Royal Voluntary Service to support the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme. AF Blakemore has joined forces with fellow SPAR wholesalers Appleby Westward and James Hall to enable community response volunteers to shop for the vulnerable person they are supporting at over 700 SPAR stores in England.

AF Blakemore group marketing director Sarah Ellis commented: “We are delighted to partner with Royal Voluntary Service at this crucial time.

“During the Coronavirus crisis many of our SPAR stores have been prioritising home deliveries for those identified by the Government as vulnerable, and the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme and ‘help from hospital’ bags are great ways that we can make even more of a difference.”

AF Blakemore has been distributing food and drink to Royal Voluntary Service since April 2017 and supplies 180 of the charity’s hospital sites across Britain.

Tel: AF Blakemore (01902) 366066

Published Date: April 18, 2020
Category: Wholesale Industry News