Contributed by Bedside Kosher
Bedside Kosher is a charity that supports people in the Jewish community by providing fresh Kosher meals, including Breakfast, Shabbos & Yom Tov meals, snacks, and child-friendly options for Jewish patients in hospital.
At the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the charity had more than a hundred volunteers working side by side, making sure they could meet the enormous demand for their meals.
Fast forward a year, and the Golders Green hub was opened back in March, and again there was a huge surge in volunteers. Their dedication and willingness to give so much back meant the charity were suddenly able to reach patients in North West London at a much faster rate. Right now, the charity can count on well over 400 volunteers to help cover 50+ hospitals in 56 areas.
Add to that the thousands of people who have donated to Bedside Kosher’s fundraisers, the businesses who have donated their resources and skills to help keep the phone lines open, and all those who spread the word. Thousands of hospital patients are better off thanks to their support.
More than meals
Anthony Shaw, CEO of Bedside Kosher adds, “One of the things that inspires the Bedside Kosher team is our philosophy that we’re delivering more than just nutrition. At a time when visits from relatives and loved ones are restricted, and patients are more isolated than ever before, we are delivering happier times. We are bringing in a taste of home, a reminder that someone cares about their comfort and recovery. And hopefully we’re managing to deliver a few smiles here and there too.
“Our kosher meals are just the start of that. Over time, our volunteers have also become advocates for those Jewish patients who need someone to speak for them. We’ve also provided training to those medical staff who care for Jewish patients, to ensure they know how to serve and present kosher food, and provide culturally appropriate care.
“I consider myself lucky to work with so many amazing volunteers. And when I see our people going above and beyond the call of duty to deliver compassion to those in need, it reminds me why we do what we do. After all, the more positive relationships we can build in our community, the stronger we will be.”
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