The Caring Foundation is bringing together teams to feed the NHS and the vulnerable
Hospitality entrepreneur Richard Caring is bringing together volunteer teams from across Britain and Ireland to feed the NHS and vulnerable communities. Under the auspices of The Caring Foundation, teams from across Richard Caring’s hospitality network are now preparing and delivering gourmet meals to NHS workers and vulnerable communities in London, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow.
Caring’s London restaurants include the legendary Le Caprice, Scott’s, Sexy Fish, Harry’s Dolce Vita and 34 Mayfair, while Bill’s and the Ivy Collection have outposts around the UK. He also owns private members’ club Annabel’s, which has opened its four kitchens to make at least 5,000 meals a week for NHS staff in the Chelsea & Westminster and West Middlesex University Hospitals. More hospitals will be added as the operation scales up, including St Thomas’s and St Mary’s. Event technical production specialist Maestra is using its vans to deliver the meals to hospitals daily without charge; and suppliers including Pret, Detox Kitchen, Hippeas and Virtue Drinks have also contributed.
Elsewhere, in partnership with London’s biggest food redistribution charity The Felix Project, The Ivy Collection is cooking up its world-famous shepherd’s pies, Bill’s is providing its popular Thai green chicken curry, and the restaurants under the Caprice Holdings umbrella – Scott’s, 34 Mayfair and Sexy Fish – are providing their legendary fish and chicken pies, chilli con carne and mac ‘n’ cheese to feed 20,000 people. Recipients include isolated elderly people, children who cannot currently access school meals, families with no income and NHS workers. All teams are working safely and within government guidelines.
The first regional outreaches are planned for Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow with more cities to be added as soon as logistics are safely organised. Richard Caring said: ‘This is a time for reflection, patience, understanding, cooperation, trust, belief and, most important of all, action! We have a hub of collective kitchens in London and tentacles across Britain, and we are blessed to have the most amazing staff and suppliers who truly want to help, even though there is risk involved. We applaud the wonderful network of our guests, members and friends for being so generous… with donations and offers of support. Together we are strong and can make a real difference.’
The Caring Foundation was founded by Richard and Patricia Caring in January 2020.