Joey Essex and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace deliver free food to NHS workers as they volunteer to help in coronavirus crisis – The Sun
JOEY Essex and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace have been delivering free food to NHS workers risking their lives to treat coronavirus sufferers.
Celebrity hotspot Sheesh – a Turkish restaurant based in Essex – has already given away 9,500 hot meals in eight days to more than 30 hospitals.
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Owners Dylan Hunt and his partner Rochelle Wood have been travelling across Greater London and Essex with freshly cooked food from their fine-dining restaurant.
They've even had a helping hand from famous volunteers Joey, 29, and Aisleyne who joined them in hand-delivering dinners to exhausted medics.
Today eight chefs have been cooking supplies, with drivers ready to deliver to those looking for a hot meal during a long shift.
Aisleyne, 40, told The Sun: "I've been so excited to get involved and help in some way. Hopefully we will cheer them all up and spur them on.
"It's scary to be out there, I am scared, but Sheesh need help to keep doing this and our NHS workers need food. I will be wearing protective gear to look after myself."
Normally, Rochelle is DJing or dancing as she provides entertainment for partygoers at Sheesh.
But she's swapped the dancefloor for the driver's seat as she travels hundreds of miles every day to feed NHS workers.
"I've changed roles but it's kind of the same job because it's putting smiles back on their faces," she told The Sun.
"They need us to give them that food to lift their spirits and help them carry on when they feel like they can't.
"I've seen them cry in despair when they've lost someone or because they've had to move away from their family while they work. This is helping them push on."
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She added: "We've been travelling day and night because everyone is asking us to help them. We're doing as best we can but we don't have much staff left as some are isolating and some have been ill.
"Joey Essex has been out one evening to help us and I've had a lot of offers from celebrities who want to get involved too.
"My partner Dylan is working so hard, we're both really knackered, but then when we go into the hospitals and see how much it's made their day… It's so rewarding, I cannot stop. We have to keep going."
When Sheesh first offered NHS workers free food, there was a queue of 300 doctors outside the Chigwell-based restaurant, said owner Dylan.
When social distancing rules came into force, Dylan made the decision to launch a takeaway service to all customers – and deliver free lunch and dinners to NHS staff.
"I never do takeaways, we are more fine-dining," he told The Sun.
"As a nice gesture I thought I'd do free food for the NHS workers. So many people came and because of social distancing we ended up doing deliveries.
"I've never seen Rochelle so happy. She's happier doing this than she is up there dancing on a Saturday night.
"I'm able to keep my staff on and the most rewarding thing is seeing we're keeping their morale going. The response makes you want to do it more."
He added: "I've missed out on three holidays this year so that money is going to go on the chicken!
"I can't sit still for two minutes so if I wasn't doing this I'd be going insane."
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