In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whirlpool UK Appliances (parent company of KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit) has donated appliances to a number of NHS hospitals and charities.
The company donated washing machines, microwaves, dishwasher and refrigerators to several hospitals across the UK, to support those working on the front line.
Washing machines were provided to hospitals in Peterborough and counties in the East of England to ensure staff treating patients affected with COVID-19 are able to wash their uniforms on site, so they don’t have to be taken home to be cleaned.
Nottingham Hospital was provided with microwaves for break rooms, to ensure staff can prepare hot meals and dishwashers were also supplied to ensure plates and utensils could be cleaned quickly.
Whirlpool UK donated refrigerators and fridge freezers, so staff could store food, to hospitals in East and North Hertfordshire, St Helier’s Acute Community Adult Mental Health Centre and London’s University College Hospital.
KitchenAid appliances, including a blender, were provided to a chef at Kingston Hospital to help prepare meals for NHS hospital workers.
Whirlpool UK has also supported a number of non-profit organisations throughout the country, including London-based charities OneForty and You Donate, We Deliver.
Both charities work to ensure vulnerable people, and those working on the front line, have access to food.
You Donate, We Deliver has been preparting and distributing over 1,800 meals each day to 10 local hospitals since the emergence of COVID-19 in the UK.
OneForty is a charity that offers free food to anyone in its community who are struggling to feed themselves during the pandemic.
Both charities were given refrigerators to store fresh ingredients, help them increase their reach in their local communities.
In addition, Whirlpool UK donated microwaves to Rhythms of Life, a London-based charity that provides food, clothes and toiletries to homeless people, as well as cooking and delivery meals to local hospital workers.
And, after being nominated by a Whirlpool UK employee, a fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer were donated to Spurgeons.
It is a charity that supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families who experience poverty, abuse or neglect.
Public affairs director of Whirlpool UK Appliances Ian Moverley said: “COVID-19 has demonstrated hte bravery and commitment of NHS staff and charities operating on the front line of the pandemic, all of which are working tirelessly to support those whose lives have been affected.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to give back to the many services and organisations whose staff are risking their lives to care for vulnerable people, and we hope that our donations will help to support and strengthen the work being done in communities across the country.”
Whirlpool UK recently donated more than 75 appliances to Golden Lane, a charity which provides supported housing to people with a learning disability.