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Coronavirus: Harrogate cafe making free pizzas for key workers

Coronavirus: Harrogate cafe making free pizzas for key workers

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 3rd May 2020. (Updated at 9:22am 3rd May 2020)

A North Yorkshire cafe is making and delivering free pizzas for front line key workers during the virus outbreak.  

  • Major Tom's Social in Harrogate is making and delivering free pizzas during the virus outbreak. 
  • They have delivered to the Nightingale Hospital, Station View Care Centre and The Cuttings in Starbeck.  
  • The cafe is planning to continue cooking and delivering them for as long as the lockdown continues.  

Major Tom's Social in Harrogate has delivered more than 250 pizzas to the Nightingale Hospital, Station View Care Centre and The Cuttings in Starbeck.  

They're planning to continue cooking and delivering them for as long as the lockdown continues.  

Samantha Westwood, registered manager at Station View, said:

"It was just fantastic. It was really good to boost morale at a time when everyone is working hard and doing brilliantly. The staff were so happy, you could see them all lift.

"As no-one can go out for meals at the minute it was a welcome boost to get some food delivered. It helped to bring everyone together as well and created a lovely ambience for the afternoon. At the minute, all our staff are putting in 150 per cent and this provided a wonderful boost."

Sue Cawthray, CEO of Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association, said:

"The pizzas were delicious and the staff feel appreciated. It was a real morale booster."

NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate
The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate

Lee and Toby have owned Major Tom's Social since 2014.

Lee said they planned to do the pizza deliveries for various care providers on Thursdays to coincide with the "clap for key workers". They also donated 200 pizzas over the space of two hours to the Nightingale Hospital when it was being built, which they want to do again.

He said:

"We are also planning to deliver again to the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate if it needs the support. When they were building we donated and delivered 200 pizzas in two hours to the engineers, builders and key workers. It felt like the right thing to do as those people are risking their life to keep the country going. The least we can do is give them some hot food."

Toby said

"We have always seen ourselves as a community venue and during these weird and testing times it's given us a perfect positive opportunity to get out into the local community and give something back by cooking and donating a load of pizzas to hardworking care workers and NHS staff at the Nightingale hospital. We will continue to donate our pizzas for as long as we can."