Flood of generosity fills The Ark with food and drink
Individuals and businesses have joined together to provide food for the children, families and staff at The Ark.
The Ark – Noah’s Ark’s new children’s hospice building - is hosting children and families facing clinical or social emergencies at this time of coronavirus. The charity is supporting the NHS by providing beds for seriously unwell children and their families.
Cooking Champions, spearheaded by Clare Donovan, has provided freshly prepared meals for half the week, meaning that everyone at The Ark has two meals a day catered for and she’s also provided afternoon tea every Thursday! They are able to provide this service thanks to Winchmore Hill Sports Club, who have generously allowed them to use the club's commercial kitchen. A small team of volunteers is cooking over 1,000 meals a week and provide meals for North Middlesex Hospital, vulnerable people in the community and homeless charities. Local community group, Love Your Doorstep, has been instrumental in galvanizing the community to organise volunteers to help with picking up these meals and delivering them to The Ark.
Tara Hanna from the charity Exodus Youth Worx has co-ordinated the donation of 200 bottles of Tropicana Orange Juice to The Ark. The juice is from McDonald’s – themselves a fantastic supporter of the charity, spearheaded by UK and Ireland Chief Executive Paul Pomroy. The Natange charity has helped by organising weekly food parcels containing a whole range of provisions such as baby wipes, pasta, tins, eggs etc.
Elisha Lewis, Specialist Care & Nursing Team Manager, said: “I just want to pass on my gratitude and thanks for the meals that were dropped off today! I’ve worked so many hours this week and have had no time to cook before my next shift, so thank you so much”.
Sophie Andrews OBE, Chief Executive of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful for the way that our community has come together. We’re not quite feeding the 5,000 – but feeding an Ark-ful of people is no mean feat! The generosity of our community has been boundless throughout this unprecedented time and I’d like to thank everyone involved.”
Will Topp, Marketing Manager at Gosh! Said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a selection of Gosh! products to the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. The UK is suffering with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with both staff and residents at care facilities across the country being very much on the front line. We hope that these products will bring some joy to those at Noah’s Ark and at the very least offer a healthy and convenient snack, to keep energy levels up over the next few weeks. From all of us at Gosh!, we thank you for the great work that you do and hope you all stay safe during the lockdown period.”
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported Noah's Ark.