How It Started
Floris ten Nijenhuis
When I quit my startup job in early March and went travelling to South America, I never thought my trip would be cut short because of a global pandemic.
When I got home, I was keen to help in any way possible. After speaking to Max, who works in A&E, I found out that healthy meals were the best way to lift morale, so I started cooking and delivering to hospitals.
After raising £2,000 in less than two days, and receiving multiple volunteering requests from people who had been furloughed, I thought about trying something bigger. 💪
So I set up Furloughed Foodies London and called on Chloe, my old housemate and recently furloughed marketer, to help spread the message...
I run the Marketing department for a tech startup and was recently furloughed because of the current global pandemic.
Floris reached out as he needed help cooking some meals for NHS workers. After making some lasagne, I wanted to do more - surely I could utilise my digital marketing skills to try and help the NHS and the community.
Instead of twiddling my thumbs over the next couple of months or binge-watching Netflix, I thought I would help promote this cause.
I am a doctor for the NHS, currently working in A&E at North Middlesex University Hospital.
When Floris asked me how he could help, I told him that we were being inundated with cakes and pizza 🍕, which is super kind, but not what you need after a 12 hour shift. He told me he'd drive up with 50 meals in a couple of days.
He showed up, but I wasn't there because, surprise surprise, I got infected with COVID-19 and had to take the week off.
Not being able to work, I spent the week putting Floris in touch with colleagues across London, so that other doctors can get amazing home-cooked healthy meals!
Now I'm back on the front line. 😷