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AMAZING SUPPORT: The Cooking Academy in Rickmansworth donates over 1,000 meals to NHS staff

 Published on: 17th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Cooking Academy, who are based in Rickmansworth, have donated over 1,000 meals to NHS staff in hospitals all around the Hertfordshire and London area.

Kumud Gandhi, owner of The Cooking Academy, has had food donated from local supermarkets in order to create the meals, and has personally delivered them to the staff, including those at Watford and Hemel Hempstead hospitals.

Speaking to RickyNews, Kumud said: “I know so many people who are working directly for the NHS so I’m fully aware of how hard it is for them to cope and still be able to look after themselves.

“As they work in such a demanding environment, they need to make sure they’re all eating well. I can’t do too much to help, but what I can do is cook.

“I know what it’s like to be hungry after a long shift, and food can be a form of comfort in these hard times. I just felt like I needed to do something to help them.”

The Cooking Academy have donated food to staff at Watford General, Royal Berkshire, Hemel Hempstead, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals to keep them all going.

Kumud admitted that it is taking up a lot of her personal time, but says the rewards are comforting: “It’s definitely all worth it in the end. Just knowing people are being fed makes everything just a little better. 

“This pandemic is bigger than anything anyone has seen in my lifetime. The repercussions are going to affect how we all live in the next fifty years.

“I just felt like I needed to do something to help, it’s all about that and trying to contribute somehow so you’re not feeling like you’re on the outside of things. It definitely keeps me busy.”

As well as delivering to hospitals, Kumud is in the process of working with schools to ensure that children who would normally get free school meals at school are doing so.

If you would like to support Kumud and The Cooking Academy in what they are doing, you can donate money to help buy the ingredients by contacting them on 01923 778880.

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