British kebab businesses have backed local communities and essential services throughout the coronavirus crisis by handing out free food to key workers and those in need.
Kebab restaurants and takeaways from small high street shops to large chain branches have played their part in raising the nation’s spirits by feeding doctors, nurses, care workers and members of at-risk groups up and down the UK.
In Hertford the local eatery Veyso’s Restaurant supported staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital with free meals. Veyso’s owner Veysi Tangul is well aware of the dedication of NHS workers in the face of the challenges brought on by Covid-19. “We see that the NHS employees provide altruistic service. In these difficult days, people’s solidarity and support to each other became very important,” he explains, “we wanted to give a little support to our healthcare professionals. We thought this would improve morale for them. It would make us happy even if we gave them just a little bit of help.”
A number of London kebab restaurants have also stepped in to help their communities. The well-known Kingston restaurant and takeaway Cappadocia has kept its kitchen open for hundreds of people in need. The restaurant, which has been a popular hub for local residents since it opened in 2001, also provided food support to the elderly and healthcare professionals living around Kingston.
Selale Restaurant on Harringay Green Lanes — a street fondly known as “London’s Little Turkey” or “the Kebab Mile” — donated meals to North Middlesex Hospital in Enfield and Whittington Hospital in Archway. North Middlesex Hospital workers have also been lining up for free meals from the nearby famous London bus-turned kebab shop Last Stop Kebab.
Kebab vendors in Oxford and Wales have also gotten behind their communities. In Oxford, Bodrum Kebab gave free takeaways to healthcare staff, while Exprizza & Desi Grill and Kani Kebab sent meals to the Emergency Assessment Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital. A local taxi firm also supported Exprizza & Desi Grill’s gesture with its own donations. In Newport, Wales, King Kebab banded together with N&B Cash and Carry and Paprika Indian Takeaway to feed vulnerable local people including the homeless and elderly.
The largest contribution came from Scotland when the Glasgow-based gourmet kebab chain German Doner Kebab announced plans to give out 30,000 free meals to NHS staff across the UK.
“We have been completely overwhelmed and inspired by the incredible dedication and courage shown by NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis. Our commitment to provide 30,000 free meals is a gesture of support from the GDK family and recognises their superhuman efforts in very tough conditions. We stand beside them during these unprecedented times and will continue to do our best to provide valuable help to the selfless heroes that are saving lives and helping vulnerable people and communities throughout the country” said the company’s CEO Imran Sayeed.