Northants insurance company donates 150 meals to KGH

Acres Insurance Brokers wanted to support local NHS staff

By Phoebe Radford
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 4:25 pm

A Northants insurance company donated 150 meals to KGH on Friday, May 1, to support frontline staff working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Acres Insurance Brokers, based in Brigstock, are a national farm insurance specialist and would normally be hosting agricultural events. They company decided to use food that was already in the freezer to donate meals to KGH.

Nigel Wellings, owner of Acres, said: "I can't imagine the strain that our doctors and nurses are under at this time.

Alexandra and Nigel Wellings donated 150 meals to KGH through Nigel's insurance company, Acres

"It is unimaginable to face such a continuous threat. If a hot meal can in any way give a moment of relief, then it's the least we can do."

Nigel's wife, Alexandra Wellings, a Conservative councillor on Corby Council, said: "We wanted to be sensitive to differing diets and food preferences, so we made sure that the meals also suited KGH staff who require gluten free, vegetarian or vegan food."

The menu offered five meat dishes, three vegetarian and three vegan options.

Meat-eating KGH staff could choose between egg and bacon popovers, lamb pasta, beef stew, BBQ brisket, or meatballs.

They provided a menu with meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options

Vegetarian or vegan staff had the choice or quinoa and carrot patties, vegetable pasta, salad bowls, red lentil stew, or split pea stew.

Alexandra added: "These are times when we feel a deep sense of care, preparing the meals was a good outlet for the goodwill, it's as if we are willing each person that eats the food to stay strong and know we appreciate them."

It was Alexandra who approached Jayne Chambers at KGH to offer the meals, who said they would be honoured to accept the generous offer.

KGH were also appreciative of the meal packaging, which were recyclable and compostable food containers from Vegware, a British company based in Scotland.

The food was served in recyclable and compostable containers

The whole Acres Insurance Brokers team feel better knowing they have contributed to supporting the NHS.

Acres also want to say a big thank you to the country's farmers who are continuing to produce high-quality food.

Nigel said: "We know we are lucky, we have managed to continue to work and keep all staff healthy with no changes in remuneration during this lock down, and we continue to promote safe working practices."