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Morrisons Has Donated £10 Million Of Stock To Food Banks

Morrisons Has Donated £10 Million Of Stock To Food Banks

Morrisons has donated £10 Million of groceries to UK food banks to help them cope with demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The major supermarket chain has revealed that staff on its bakery, as well as the fruit and veg teams, have been putting in extra hours to make sure the deliveries are ready on time.

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Extra tinned goods and pastas are also being sent out to shops before being taken to local food banks.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast about the initiative, Morrisons CEO David Potts said it was the company's duty to help those who need their help.

He said: "As a food maker and shopkeeper we are uniquely placed to help.

CEO David Potts announced £10m of food bank donations. Credit: PA
CEO David Potts announced £10m of food bank donations. Credit: PA

"We know food banks are finding life very difficult and running our manufacturing sites for an extra hour each day to help restock them is the right decision at this time."

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Mr Potts went on to say that he was pleased with how customers had responded to requests from the chain to keep their distance from other shoppers.

He added: "Our staff - along with ourselves - follow the Public Health England advice. We listen quite carefully to the authorities and we provide the opportunity to be protected at the tills.

"We've closed down many counters, we've become much more of a self service business; (we are) washing hands and taking all of the social distancing measures."

The CPAP devices were made in less than a week. Credit: James Tye/UCL
The CPAP devices were made in less than a week. Credit: James Tye/UCL

This comes after Mercedes Formula One announced it was collaborating with engineers and clinicians to create breathing aids for coronavirus patients.

The first device was produced within 100 hours of the project getting under way and has already been approved for use in the NHS.

The breathing aid, known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), delivers oxygen to the lungs without the need for a ventilator. It has been widely used on Covid-19 patients in China and Italy, as it can help to free up space in intensive care.

University College London (UCL) engineers worked around the clock with clinicians at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and Mercedes Formula One to reverse engineer a simple existing off-patent CPAP device.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: Food, uk news, Interesting, Coronavirus, Health

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]