Deliveroo thanks riders after donating 500,000 free meals to NHS

Deliveroo has now delivered more than half a million free meals to NHS staff in a “gesture of thanks” for their efforts.

Hundreds of Deliveroo drivers have now delivered 500,000 free meals across 103 cities and 1000 hospitals thanks to partnerships from 43 restaurants.

The delivery giant’s campaign has now met its target, but says it will continue to deliver a further 100,000 meals to NHS staff throughout the remainder of June.

It added that 70,000 NHS workers with Deliveroo accounts will receive a £10 gift voucher from today, bringing the total amount of gift vouchers distributed through the campaign to 150,000 totalling £2.4 million.

Deliveroo’s in-app fundraising feature has seen £600,000 donated by customers, while 43 restaurant partners including Nando’s, Pizza Hut, KFC and Dishoom have also donated thousands of free meals.

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According to Deliveroo, it will continue to fundraise via the app, and any excess funding not spent on food will be delivered to directly to selected NHS Trusts.

“I am delighted that Deliveroo and their restaurant partners have delivered half a million free meals to NHS staff across the country,” secretary of state for health Matt Hancock said.

“This is a fantastic example of how the country has stepped up to support our great NHS and frontline staff who have worked tirelessly for the nation.”

Deliveroo’s founder and chief executive Will Shu added: “This is all thanks to our dedicated riders, the generosity of our restaurant partners and of course our customers who have donated so much.

“This is a small gesture of thanks for NHS staff’s huge efforts. They have worked night and day to save lives and protect us all. As the founder of a British business, nothing makes me more proud than to use the network we have built to thank the NHS and their staff, who are the real heroes of this crisis.”

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