We’ve been delighted to be involved in a project helping to promote the great work that Surrey event professionals are doing to support their local NHS hospital staff and community workers.
Steve Page and Hannah Sheppard decided to support NHS staff who were isolating and working extraordinarily long hours by providing them with meals. Calling on their connections in the events industry they set up an organisation called Surrey Drive to deliver them.
Numerous caterers from the events industry in the Surrey area are cooking and preparing meals every day
Marketing company Delivered Social, run by Jonathan Bird, are doing all the marketing, promotional and organisational work, and Inside Outside Marquees run by Ian Booth is also helping.
Peachy Productions run by Philip French and Ryan Howard got involved to help raise awareness of the scheme by lighting up Guildford Cathedral every Thursday, displaying the number of meals delivered on the side of the building, which by the end of April totalled an amazing 15,378. AVM was happy to support Peachy with the loan of a projector to carry out the mapping.
What they are achieving is really fantastic. They are delivering 4,500 meals a week to NHS staff at local hospitals, or isolating in hotels. NHS community staff who, due to long hours and no access to cooking, are getting packed lunches, that are also being supplied to vulnerable patients in the community.
On top of that Surrey Drive are helping to lift spirits with flower bouquets, provided by local florists, handed to NHS workers every day and sweet packs plus cakes and pastries to keep people going and give them a little treat.
Surrey Drive are co-ordinating dozens of volunteers who signed up to make the deliveries. And on top of everything else, they are fund raising to keep the whole system going.
It’s just a fantastic example of a community coming together to support each other. We always knew the people in the events industry were good ‘uns.
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