Cakes, curry and KFC: Food donations pour in for Black Country NHS staff

Local pubs, restaurant chains and fast-food outlets have been ensuring Black Country NHS workers don't go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moghul Palace in Walsall donated more than 100 meals to Walsall Manor Hospital
Moghul Palace in Walsall donated more than 100 meals to Walsall Manor Hospital

With cafes and restaurants now restricted to serving takeaway food only, many have devoted their spare time to providing food for those on the frontline.

Major chains like KFC, Subway and Nando's have all donated food to Black Country hospitals, while local businesses have also proved generous.

Moghul Palace Indian Restaurant in Pelsall, Walsall, made the decision to close to protect its staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Four Ways pub and Island Inn gave 115 takeaway meals to Russells Hall Hospital

However owner Fareed Miah wanted to thank workers at Walsall Manor Hospital for their hard work by giving something back before he shut down.

He said: "We did really well with a takeaway service, so I thought we'll get some extra food in to donate because the NHS has done a fantastic job.

"I'm just fortunate that I've got a restaurant to provide them with over 100 meals, like baltis and jalfrezis, because they've been working extremely hard at helping us fight this battle.

"We thought that this is a little gesture we could do and I knew that the NHS staff would appreciate it."

Staff at Walsall Manor enjoy some of the sandwiches sent by Marston's

Staff at Walsall Manor were also treated to a donation of sandwiches from Marston's Brewery, which went to staff working on wards one and 29.

Meanwhile workers at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton enjoyed a number of donations from local businesses, including all the remaining food from KFC in Oxley.

The intensive care unit team were sent a large platter of sandwiches from Subway at Bentley Bridge, while Park View Hotel and Hamilton's restaurant sent in a selection of sandwiches and cakes.

New Cross Hospital also received a large supply of food from KFC in Oxley
Park View Hotel & Hamiltons Restaurant in Wolverhampton provided a tasty selection of sandwiches and cakes for New Cross Hospital staff

Businesses in Dudley were also praised for their generosity by Russells Hall Hospital, which received donations from a number of places around the region.

The hospital received cobs from Matt the Baker at Bilston Market, as well as a huge stack of pizzas from Domino's in Stourbridge.

Russells Hall also received cobs from Matt the Baker

It also took delivery of 115 takeaway meals from the Four Ways pub in Oldbury and Island Inn in West Bromwich, delivered by owners Amrik Singh and Dal Singh.

Finally, staff at Sandwell General Hospital in Smethwick enjoyed a variety of dishes donated specially by West Bromwich-based Chinese restaurant Cantonese House.

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