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Kebab shop serves up 30,000 free meals to NHS workers

Customers can buy NHS staff and vulnerable people a meal through the Deliveroo app

06 April, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

A KEBAB shop chain will serve 30,000 meals to NHS workers and vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes during the Covid-19 crisis.

German Doner Kebab, in Camden High Street, has pledged the free meals as part of food-delivery service Deliveroo’s commitments to make 500,000 meals available to key workers.

The gourmet kebab restaurant, which has 41 venues across the UK, including 17 in London, said it is backing the campaign as part of its ongoing commitment to support communities and frontline staff during the Coronavirus response.

It is hoping to deliver dishes to NHS sites where there is a need for food, such as hospitals, primary care sites or field hospitals. 

Kebabs will be made available initially in London and Manchester before being rolled out to other parts of the country.

Imran Sayed, GDK CEO, said he has been “completely overwhelmed and inspired by the incredible dedication and courage shown by NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis”.

 He added: “Our commitment to provide 30,000 free meals to NHS workers is a big gesture of support from the GDK family and recognises their super-human efforts in an already overwhelmed NHS service.

 “We stand beside them during these unprecedented times and will continue to do our best to provide valuable help to the selfless heroes that are saving lives and helping vulnerable people in communities throughout the country.”

According to Deliveroo, GDK’s signature dish ‘The Original German Doner Kebab’ has become one of the country’s most ordered dishes in the past month.


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Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: “German Doner Kebab were the first to contribute to this important initiative and we are incredibly grateful for their generosity.

“Those in the NHS working night and day to save lives are the real heroes of this crisis, and we want to do our small part to support them and the vulnerable who aren’t able to leave their homes.

“Deliveroo is a British business and, as the founder, nothing would make me more proud than to use the network we have built to support the NHS, and I know the restaurant sector wants to play its part too.”

Deliveroo is fundraising to cover the costs of deliveries and is asking for corporate and individual sponsors. Customers can contribute through the app, enabling them to virtually buy doctors, nurses and volunteers a meal.

Other meal donors include Pizza Hut, Itsu, Lewis Hamilton’s plant-based Neat Burger restaurant and others.

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