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Marks & Spencer is donating thousands of specially branded “We are the NHS” T-shirts

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Marks & Spencer is donating thousands of specially branded “We are the NHS” T-shirts to form part of the uniform pack for the new NHS Nightingale hospital’s London team – making it easier to identify the doctors, nurses, staff and working there.

The UK retailer is also donating clothing care packs for NHS Nightingale patients to help provide some comfort and normality upon discharge. M&S is sourcing, packing and delivering the individual care packs for male and female patients, each containing a T-shirt, jumper, joggers, knickers or boxer shorts and socks, available in a range of sizes.

M&S is also starting a new, twice-weekly free food delivery programme to help feed the teams at Great Ormond Street hospital and St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, with deliveries of nearly 5,000 prepared meals, sandwiches and treats every week for the next two months.

The NHS Nightingale hospital – built to boost capacity during the coronavirus crisis – admitted its first patients on Tuesday evening.

Steve Rowe, chief executive of M&S, said: “It’s been truly humbling to read the suggestions that have been pouring in from colleagues and customers alike with ideas for how we can help those on the NHS frontline. At a time when everyone is facing personal challenges and our own frontline colleagues are working round the clock, it’s heartening to see the whole nation getting behind the NHS teams we’re relying on.