Despite being forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have still been busy in the kitchen preparing hot meals for frontline workers in hospitals and care homes across the UK.
As of 19th June, COSMO delivered over 5,000 meals to NHS staff in hospitals and cares homes across Derby, Glasgow, Manchester and Oxford.
We Launched on 23rd April 2020
COSMO temporarily closed its doors to customers in March but our much-loved restaurant made 50 free hot meals a day for doctors and nurses in the critical care departments in Glasgow (Leverndale Hospital), Manchester (Salford Royal Hospital) and Oxford (John Radcliffe Hospital) for just over 2 months. In Derby (Tree Tops Care Home), we provided 30 meals a day, 2 days a week.
Our restaurant’s chefs decided to return to the restaurant from 23rd April 2020 to show their support for NHS staff as they battle through extraordinary long shifts in exceptional situations.
This is our way of saying ‘THANK YOU’
Our spokesman Kan Koo said: “Keyworkers across the country are going above and beyond the call of duty everyday and we really wanted to do something to support them.
“This is our contribution to the huge community effort occurring all over the country. Cosmo has always offered a discount to NHS staff and this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the work everyone is doing.
“We hope it gives staff a little morale boost to know that we are thinking of them and that a hot hearty meal gives them the energy to face their shifts with renewed vigour.
OVER 5,000 FREE MEALS Delivered Straight to our Frontline
We delivered a variety of 50 tasty oriental and Indian dishes straight to our frontline heroes daily, totalling over 5,000 meals by 19th June 2020.
“Our hard working staff have been incredibly grateful to COSMO for donating such delicious meals”
Julie Heath, Treetops chief executive said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone at COSMO Derby for this incredibly kind offer. It was so, so lovely to receive the meals! Our staff are working tirelessly to ensure we can continue to support the most vulnerable patients and their families in the local communities and this is such a boost to morale. It means they can take a delicious meal home to enjoy at the end of the day. We look forward to a long and positive relationship in the future.”
Spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lorraine Dick, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone offering a range of supports to our health and social care workers. There is a lot of goodwill at this extremely challenging time and we are overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”
Glen Bland, from the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “On behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service throughout the Glasgow region and beyond, can I pass on our genuine thanks to all the people involved who donated meals for our front line staff.”
Dr Pete Turkington, chief officer and medical director at Salford Royal, said: “We continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the local community and businesses who have been so generous with their donations for our staff during these incredibly challenging times. Our hard working staff have been incredibly grateful to COSMO for donating such delicious meals for them to enjoy while they are on shift. A huge thank you to all at Cosmo.”
Feeding parents of ill children for free in Oxford
Zoe Pooley, Oxford Children’s Hospital matron said: “Children and babies in hospital have been able to have only one parent by their side, but because of the isolation, and the fact that normal restaurants and facilities haven’t been open we needed to find new ways to support them.
“The Oxford Hospitals Charity team came up with a solution and have worked with Cosmo to bring fifty meals in every day for the parents across the Children’s Hospital and newborn areas.”
She added: “We are incredibly grateful for this support, and so appreciate Cosmo thinking of us and providing healthy balanced meals over the past few weeks.”
Ms Pooley said hospital staff and the families have been ‘really touched’ by the kind act, saying: “The support from the whole local community, working with our hospital charity, has meant the world to hospital staff and the patients we care for. Thank you.”
This is our Contribution to the Huge Community Effort Across the Country
We hope all our lovely customers have stayed safe during this time and look forward to seeing you all again soon.