Given the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we would like to shine a light on some positive news and stories in these times.
Many Wimbledon businesses have shown their resilience by developing rapid and unique ways to adapt their services/products, e.g. offering delivery of their products, shifting their services to online platforms and providing contact-free takeaway of items.
You can take part in The Alexandra’s pub quiz, test your limits in Fitness Space’s various workout classes, or cook up a tasty treat with a live daily cooking demonstration from Carole’s Creperie – all virtually and from the comfort of your own home. Find out more here.
Another bright example of this comes from Leon Wimbledon who have transformed their restaurant into a mini-supermarket, stocking basic essentials such as freshly baked bread, rice, teabags and toilet paper (it’s true!).
At a time where all businesses are struggling, please try your best to support these changes and keep our local business community alive.
Showing The Community Some Support
Let’s not forget the amazing community spirit being shown by local businesses and organisations. Many have given to the vulnerable, less-mobile, key workers and more, of which we should all be proud.
Centre Court Shopping Centre have launched ‘The Little Community That Could‘ campaign, offering food parcels every morning to those that are most in need, thanks to volunteers from the Centre, The Dons Local Action Group, Elys and other local businesses, as well as produce provided by Solstice Food. Centre Court Shopping Centre have also donated items to Ricard’s Lodge High School for NHS staff at St George’s Trust.
Elys have also launched an initiative to deliver sweet Easter treats to hospitals, schools, key workers, and those in the local community who really need and deserve it right now.
Leon Wimbledon have given donations in the form of meals to Merton’s Winter Night Shelter, whilst Lush Wimbledon acted as a drop-off point for donations for Wimbledon Food Bank, which helps local people in crisis.
The Dons Local Action Group, formed of fans of AFC Wimbledon, have set up daily collection points of food and essential items outside Wimbledon Morrisons, to deliver to those in need in the local community. As well as this, they are volunteering to help walk people’s dogs, pick up medication, and are offering their time to help in any other ways.
Most local supermarkets including Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks & Spencers, Waitrose and more, have also gone the extra mile to donate items to the community, whilst also dealing with the increase in demand in their stores.
Please show your support to these businesses and your local community. Even if this is virtual – a like, share, repost or a donation, are all ways that you can help spread this positive news.
Wimbledon-based Corporates Pitch In
Domestic & General have partnered with Salute the NHS, a group of leading businesses including Tesco, Yodel, Absolute Taste, Leeways and British Army, Team Rubicon UK, to serve 1 million nutritious meals to key frontline NHS workers over the next three months.
Coty Inc have announced that they have started producing hydro-alcoholic gel, which is used as hand sanitizer, to help combat the COVID-19 virus. Production and donations are expected to reach tens of thousands of units per week. The products are free of charge and are being distributed to medical and emergency services staff who are facing shortages due to the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus. Products will also be provided to Coty employees working in the plants producing sanitizers, as well as pharmacy staff at some retail customers.
A Big Thank You
Lastly, as we all continue to adjust to these unprecedented times, we must to show our appreciation to the front line staff who continue to provide us with essential services. From those risking their lives through their daily work for the NHS, to the pharmacists providing medicine to help us stay well, the staff stacking shelves in our supermarkets or cleaning essential premises, and those working in banks/post offices to keep services running – a big thank you from us all.
Please show your respect to these staff and thank them for the work they are doing.
Remember if you do visit your local town centre, keep your distance (2 metres) and adhere to the one-in-one-out policy, where possible.
Together we can make it through these difficult times and look forward to a brighter, better Wimbledon.