Coronavirus in Formula 1: Ron Dennis creates NHS free meals scheme
(FASTNEWS | COLOMBO) – Former McLaren boss Ron Dennis has created a scheme to supply a million free meals to NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis.
Dennis says his foundation has put in place a £1.5m budget and joined forces with a number of companies to supply 1,000 meals a day to health workers.
“I wanted a big solution to a big problem,” the 72-year-old said.
“It is an amazing effort, which I think is reflective of my reputation. If I say I’m going to do something I do it.”
Dennis was prompted to take the action after a family meeting with his children.
His daughter, Dr Charlotte Hall, said: “We were talking about how we as a charity could help everyone in the current coronavirus crisis.
“We can’t help medically but we could perhaps make the situation just a bit more bearable – being in the hospital, taking away the stress of getting food, having something hot and nutritious to eat or having something to look forward to when you get home.
“I never doubted him. We know he would rise to the challenge and he certainly has.”
Dennis says he made a series of phone calls to contacts and other business leaders and put together a taskforce to kick off the project.