Mums Army feeds Basildon Hospital's front line

Our 'Angels' work tirelessly for us so we cook at home to keep them fighting fit

Our NHS heroes are doing long hours, snatching food on the go, refusing to leave seriously ill or dying patients.

Mums Army - the home guard, are joining battle with our NHS ‘troops’ in their battle against COVID-19. They put their lives on the line for us, we fight from our kitchens.

When one ITU nurse Angelin Chatti decided she would spend her days off cooking for her colleagues and asked her neighbours if they wanted to help, the response was immediate.

Posted on neighbourhood site nextdoor.co.uk, saw donations of food and offers to cook in an outpouring of affection and respect for beleaguered Basildon hospital staff from ‘Dads’ as well as ‘Mums’!

Angelin’s post on 7 April said' I am a nurse, working 3 days a week in the Basildon Intensive care unit. Considering the nature of 12 hours shift, started cooking hot food for hospital staff in my off days which was greatly appreciated by the hard working team. I am finding it's not easy for me to do shopping for ingredients, cook and deliver the meal to the staff. so I thought of asking for help to offer food to hospital staff through these difficult times. If you can help me with ingredients (like rice, pasta tuna and vegetables) will be much appreciated'.

Donations came from many including Sarah, Lynda, Steph, Daimian and Lisa. Angelin wants to continue cooking weekends between her 12 hour shifts.

Now a core group consisting of Noemi Luna Rami, Lynda Ireland and Rani Moorcroft are calling up the troops to help her.  Lynda works in the NHS admin, and has set up a rota with healthy pasta, rice, salads and fruit pots with five friends and caters for 30 on Wednesday and Fridays.

Noemi has supported Angelin with shopping and cooking. It hasn’t been easy for this young woman living with others to cook and pack large quantities. Rani will help as much as she can and also seek more ‘reservists’ to step up on Tuesday and Thursdays so this more sustainable.

Rani is busy appealing to charities and organisations in the community to come forward. 

Rani says; ‘ My husband and I are no strangers to A&E; the latest a 15 day ‘staycation’ in February for a fractured hip and suspected heart troubles, on top of his lung cancer (see www.david-rani.simplesite.com/). We are so thankful for the times they have saved both our lives with emergency treatment, it’s a small gesture to show our support’.

The couple have had to self isolate for the full 3 months as extremely vulnerable. As a former tv chef, and cookery book author with her sister Chandra Khan (under the name Tiger Lily sisters - Flavours of the Orient) Rani relies on volunteers delivering ingredients and containers. And picking up and delivering to the hospital, which has seen so many casualties.

As in other hospitals (although only 10% of the population is from a BAME background the NHS has 30%) a significant number of staff originate from overseas so curry and rice is often on the menu. We desperately need take away containers, tinned food, vegetables, spices etc or donations to buy them, Also transport (picking up and delivering to the hospital around 1pm). 

With all restaurants closed can our local businesses help out while staff are furloughed? Can we also appeal for PPE to keep them safe as this goes on and on?

 Clapping on Thursday’s is a wonderful way to support our key workers and ourselves emotionally as we really ARE all in this together. But Mums Army show our love and gratitude for our local exhausted Angels by feeding them. They tell us they won’t leave their posts while so many need them – but are always hungry. Please contact us to see how you can support us, support them physically so they keep going to defeat the Coronavirus!

please contact ramoorcroft@gmail.com and offer your help. Recruiting for Mums Army, now!.  Our just giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rani-moorcroft

If not in Basildon - feel free to use our blueprint and roll out Mum's Army across Essex, the country or even the world!  be careful to follow food hygiene laws on prep, cooking, storing and serving to keep our NHS safe - as we do. We you NHS

our just giving website https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rani-moorcroft will feed you, keep you safe with ppe and when the battle won we will fight to help build you affordable homes to honour the debt we as a nation owe every one of you. THANK YOU xxx