Former McLaren boss Dennis prepares free meals for health workers plan
LONDON: Former McLaren Supreme Ron Dennis has created a scheme to supply a million free meals to workers in Britain National Health service during the coronavirus outbreak.
Dennis said Monday that his foundation would provide a budget of £ 1.5m ($ 1.8m, € 1.7m) after linking up with other organizations to supply 1,000 meals a day to healthcare workers.
He wanted a great solution to a great problem, Dennis told the BBC.
It is an incredible effort, which I think reflects my reputation. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it.
The 72-year-old man was inspired to act after a reunion with his family.
Her daughter, Dr. Charlotte Hall, added: We were talking about how, we as charity , could help everyone in the current coronavirus crisis.
We can't help medically, but perhaps we could make the situation a little more bearable: being in the hospital, taking the stress out of getting food, eating something hot and nutritious, or having something to look forward to when you get home.
I never doubted him. We know that you will accept the challenge and certainly have.
Dennis said the real breakthrough came when the chief executive of the UK's leading supermarket chain, Tesco, told him we are behind you.
We had great logistics, but we needed volume, Dennis added.
Now we have volume and as we speak we are increasing ... We are seeing 1,000 meals a day. It will be a challenge, but we will get there.
Dennis' initiative is the latest in several Grand Prix figure plays to help support efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Several British teams are involved in plans to increase fan capacity, while last month the Agnelli family that controls Fiat and Formula One giants Ferrari donated 10 million euros to the Italian government to support the fight against the coronavirus.
Dennis, however, warned that the greatest impact of COVID-19 would be felt far beyond Europe.
The real loss of life will come in the municipalities, the favelas (in South America), central Africa, where there is no running water, there is no possibility (for people) to wash their hands.
The only thing that will stop this movement worldwide and cause a phenomenal loss of life is a vaccine.
We are (in danger) of seeing the greatest loss of life this world has ever seen ... This is very, very far from being over.