Bringing a smile to frontline NHS staff

There were smiles and a few tears from frontline NHS Oxford staff dealing with Covid-19 when they received packages of delicious treats on Friday (3 April).

Maymessy, a Community Interest Company and empowering cookery school near Wantage, drummed up support from local businesses to donate snacks and assemble 30 boxes in time for the weekend. They included Easter eggs from Comfy Class and local business Well Preserved jams and marmalade. Flapjacks and cookies were made by the teenagers of Maymessy’s chef, 16-year-old Mabel and 15-year-old Tilda.

“Like everyone else, we feel incredibly grateful to have the NHS and we wanted to help support these amazing people in our own small way,” explains Anna Richards, Founder of Maymessy CIC.”

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to provide 75 packages to critical care staff at the John Radcliffe every week. These NHS workers are all staying away from their families in a hotel so they can self-isolate, making this incredibly difficult time even harder. We hope our packages go some way to showing them our gratitude for all they are doing.”

The manager of the respiratory admin team, who received the first delivery, said: “I can’t even tell you how grateful staff were this morning for your care packages. We really appreciate it and we even had tears.”

Maymessy will also be delivering one-off packages of treats to other departments in the Oxford hospitals.

If any local businesses would like to donate small gifts or snacks, energy bars or crisps towards this please contact Anna Richards by email:

Maymessy CIC

Maymessy empowers disadvantaged groups through cooking and wellness activities so they gain greater life skills and wellbeing.

Anna Richards

Founder & Director

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