Islington businesses supporting the community
Local businesses across the borough are continuing to step up to the mark by offering support to vulnerable residents and people in need.
Gene therapy company, MeiraGTx, based in Provost Street, contacted the council offering gloves, masks and disposable lab coats to local care homes out of concern for staff.
Yanai Duran, Laboratories Manager, (pictured) said: “We are aware of the shortages in PPE that care homes are having and therefore we would like to offer what we can. We have already reached and donated PPE to our local NHS hospital but we feel that we would like to support our local care homes too.”
In Archway, Engin Mehmet and Hak Huseyin who run Absolute Print are making and donating face shields to NHS and frontline staff. They have also set up a Just Giving page to help them produce as many visors as possible. The pair are well on their way to hitting their £15,000 total.
Shawarambar Restaurant, in Exmouth Market is preparing 1,500-2,000 meals for local hospitals, like the Whittington, to support NHS staff during the crisis.
And the Toy Project, in Archway, is taking referrals every day to provide free toys and games to struggling families, hospitals, homeless children living in hostels, children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Here are more acts of Islington’s community kindness:
- Stop Wash Laundry and Dry Cleaners, in Caledonian Road, is offering free laundry for local residents on a Tuesday, pick-up and delivery provided.
- The Drunken Butler is providing 50 hot meals split between The MAG (Clerkenwell & Bunhill) and LGBT (The Outsider Group) prepared by the owner himself.
- Crudough, in Archway, is donating pizza to NHS staff
- Charlie Antonio, who normally runs a popular fruit and veg stall on Seven Sisters Road, has donated a ‘van load’ of fruit and veg to nurses and doctors and other front line workers.
- Meat People Restaurant, in Essex Road, has transformed the restaurant into a butcher and delicatessen saving jobs and serving their local community.
- Budgens in Upper Street is taking phone orders and liaising with volunteers to provide home deliveries for vulnerable, local people who are self-isolating.
- Sunflour Bakery is delivering to local people with the help of a local cab company and in the process of donating to the Caledonian and Barnsbury Mutual Aid Group.
- Mem and Laz, in Theberton Street, is providing a free meal and drink for police officers on duty Monday to Friday as a thank you for all the work they’ve been doing to protect the public.
- Tangers (normally Moroccan cuisine), in Holloway Road, is managing to serve take away coffees and teas safely – and are offering free coffee to NHS workers.
- Bird and Blend, in Camden Passage, is giving key workers a free cup of tea and offering them a discount with the code HUGINAMUG. Every day at 4pm they also do a community meeting on Zoom for all customers. It is free to join and a chance for people to connect and talk about tea related things as well as different interests.
- Marco, the owner of Pizzeria Pappagone on Stroud Green Road, makes free pizzas after the NHS clap on Thursdays and asks for volunteers to deliver them to the Whittington Hospital.