Despite facing challenging industry restrictions, retailers have gone above and beyond to show their support for NHS staff and key workers. From donating medical supplies and making protective equipment, to donating their profits, retailers may have closed doors, but they’re opening their hearts and pockets to show support for those in need.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a luxe a list featuring just some of brands doing their bit by donating a percentage of sales and profits to various COVID-19 charities. It’s a great way to treat yourself while also supporting key workers and researchers…
Our friends at Barbour have been doing what they do best, by helping to produce PPE garments to support in the fight against COVID-19. Working with the Royal Victoria Infirmary and other North East Trusts, the Barbour factory in South Shields are making gowns and scrubs to support frontline medical staff in urgent need of protective clothing. The factory, which is usually the home of wax jacket creation, is no stranger to adaption. Did you know? During both World Wars, Barbour pivoted quickly to help make military garments to assist in the war effort. Great work, team!
For the Love of the North
North East Prints
This gorgeous gift store already offers high-quality prints, cards, treats and trinkets created and designed by North East artists. In the current pandemic, For the Love of the North will be donating 25% of the proceeds they receive from some of their cards and prints to Northumbrian NHS Trust’s Bright Charity. Choose from four different prints including the Angel of the North, Whitley Bay seafront and more local attractions all designed by talented artists based right here in our region. Treat yourself to some new wall decor while donating to our local NHS heroes.
OneTen On Tap
‘Yorkshire Love’ Tee
The guys over at OneTen On Tap – a Yorkshire-based craft beer bar built in a stunning Land Rover Defender 110 – are showing their support for the NHS and local charities with some must-have merch. They’ve designed an uber-cool ‘Yorkshire Love’ tee, combining the Yorkshire Rose with a love heart at the centre – representing the NHS at the core of the country throughout these turbulent times. The Limited Edition NHS Charity Tee will cost you just £19.99, with 100% of proceeds going directly to local NHS charities. Big up to our ‘Beer Wagon’ buddies – keep doing what you’re doing!
Another local business standing up and showing their support during these uncertain times is NOVELTEA, the original alcoholic tea makers. This award-winning North East business has pledged to donate £1 towards the World Health Organisation COVID19 Solidarity Response charity for every order that is made via their website. Shake up your British cuppa and support this fantastic cause as you sip.
Free soap bars
A Teesside-based entrepreneur is using her successful vegan soap bar business as a platform to help the vulnerable during this difficult time. Kassi Emadi, the founder of nuddy, is giving away free soap bars online, in a bid to help those in need, getting soap bars into the hands of those who are unable to get hold of any themselves. Click here for a link to our recent interview with Kassi. Don’t forget to check out the nuddy website, their candles and super-comfy bed tees are perfect for lazy weekends and working from home.
Alcohol Hand Rub
North Yorkshire-based brewery and distilling business, BAD Co. are helping to combat coronavirus by creating 50ml alcoholic hand rub bottles to be distributed for free to people in need, working on the front line. What’s more? They’re online store is still open and offers the perfect treats to put smiles on the faces of beer and gin-lovers. We all deserve a treat once in a while, right? Check out our recent interview with the BAD Co. team here.
Hospitality Action Donations
Another alcoholic beverage company doing amazing things to support our key workers is Northumberland-based Hepple Spirits. When ordering their delicious beverages online, the company have promised to donate one hour of the ‘Real Living Wage’ (£9.30) to the Hospitality Action COVID19 Emergency Appeal organisation. This charity focuses on businesses and workers within the hospitality industry, who have been majorly affected by this pandemic.
Newcastle Food Bank donations
Big shout out to our friends at Gainford Group, who have donated a £10k to help fund supplies for Newcastle Food Bank during these difficult times. The group’s director, Imran Khaliq, has been showing his support by helping John and his team at the food bank. Way to go!
The Rainbow Edit
The much-loved British country lifestyle brand, Joules, has teamed up with their designers to create the perfect rainbow-inspired spring/summer collection. The brand new ‘Rainbow Edit’ features beautiful and bright products, including everything from espadrilles and straw bags, to polo shirts, sliders, mugs and kids clothing. All profits from the sale of Joules’ Rainbow Edit will be donated to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Now is the ideal time to add some colour to your wardrobe – all for a great cause. Smiles all round!
NHS Round of Applause necklace
The contemporary jewellery designers over at Missoma have released a special edition necklace named the NHS Round of Applause. The £105 necklace has been designed to show our gratitude to the workers of the NHS. The necklace is an 18ct gold round pendant with clapping hands engraved onto the front. Splash out and treat yourself to something a little special to wear while showing your support as well as 100% of the proceeds being donated.