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Sommerins at home nominated for Hospitality Lockdown Heroes Award

 

Penarth based Sommerins at Home has been nominated for a Hospitality Lockdown Heroes Award for their work delivering 27,000 meals to local NHS staff during lockdown.

The nomination has been received by James, Louise and Georgia Sommerin for their "Feed the Heath" initiative, which has been shortlisted in the Best Community Initiative category.

Whilst their former restaurant on Penarth Esplanade was closed, the family decided that they didn't want to sit around and do nothing - so they put their time and effort to good use by helping NHS workers in Covid wards, A&E and children's wards, who were working round the clock with little time to cook, let alone try to shop for food.

Speaking of the initiative, the family said "They wanted to utilise their skills to try and give something back to these key workers who were doing everything for the people of Wales."

In ten week, James, Louise and Georgia cooked and delivered 27,000 meals for the NHS staff from University Hospital of Wales, University Hospital Llandough and Barry Community Hospital.

During the period, a Go Fund Page was set up to buy the produce and the hospital liaised with James each day over numbers.

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As well as cooking meals, James' wife Louise had an idea to create a book of the recipes of the dishes they had cooked.

The book (A Little Help from our Friends) is due out in late October / November. After the cost of print, all monies will be split 75% / 25% between the NHS Hospitals and Hospitality Action.

Speaking on Twitter, James Sommerin said "We are truly overwhelmed and shocked to be shortlisted for an award. We did what any normal human beings would do. We helped the only way we know how, we cooked.thank you so much to everyone that works for the NHS"

You can vote for Sommerins at Home in the Best Community Initiative category via www.hrc.co.uk/best-community-initiative-shortlist

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