With life as we know it turned upside down, it’s easy to feel a little helpless – especially if we’re stuck at home. The heroes of the NHS, as well as other key workers, are on the frontline working tirelessly to keep us all as safe and healthy as they possibly can. So how can we support them from afar?
You can sign up for the GoodSam volunteer scheme and complete your 5k Run For Heroes, and of course, the #ClapForOurCarers is taking place every Thursday at 8pm. But if you’re planning on indulging in a little retail therapy, one other small way you can make a difference is to make your purchase from a brand that’s donating to the NHS during this difficult time.
From supermarkets to small fashion brands, companies across the UK are rallying to support Covid-19 relief efforts, with some introducing special products and others donating a percentage of overall profits. With prices starting from just £1, you don’t have to spend a lot to treat yourself and make a contribution.
35 things you can buy to donate to the NHS
John Lewis & Partners
Put your best foot forward with John Lewis’s rainbow trainers – 10 per cent of each purchase will go to NHS Charities Together, and the rainbow will remind you of the frontline’s hard work every time you slip them on.
For a purchase with an optimistic message, look to Tu – its ‘Together We Thank You’ and ‘Good Times Are Coming’ tees are available in sizes to fit the whole family. At least £2.40 from the £6-9 kids tops and £4.48 from the adult tops will go to NHS Charities Together.
Even your dinner can contribute to a brilliant cause. This veggie pizza, available from Asda’s in-store counters, is a charitable buy where proceeds will be split evenly between NHS Charities Together and The Care Workers’ Charity.
Rainbow Tulips, £3.99, Aldi stores
As the old saying goes, flowers are always a good idea. In honour of International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12th May, Aldi has launched a limited-edition bunch of Rainbow Tulips, funds from which will be split between NHS Charities Together and Teenage Cancer Trust – the perfect purchase to brighten up your home right now.
When M&S first unveiled its range of NHS charity t-shirts, they sold out in a matter of hours. Now the designs (with options for men, women and children) are back, with all of the £3.55 profit plus VAT from the sale of each product going to NHS Charities Together.
Following its Instagram initiative to gift NHS workers with a custom engraved gold necklace, demi-fine jewellery brand Missoma has extended its campaign further with the creation of this fundraising 18-carat gold vermeil Round of Applause pendant. 100 per of proceeds from sales of the piece will be donated to the NHS.
Board games and jigsaws are probably filling your days anyway, so why not refresh your collection of cards while you’re at it? This specially crafted NHS Heroes deck features doctors, nurses and surgeons in place of traditional jacks, kings and queens – Cartamundi’s goal is to raise £10,000 from sales.
Government advice may not dictate wearing masks at the moment, but if you would prefer to, Isabel Manns’ designs could be the place to start. They’re made from surplus fabric from the designer’s creations, and 100 per cent of proceeds will be given to the NHS.
Seeing as rainbows have become something of a symbol of hope during this difficult time, Joules wanted its own versions to do some good. That’s why the store is giving profits from sales of all items from its Rainbow Edit, including these colourful espadrilles, to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
More fun footwear options can be found at Alice X, who is currently donating £10 from the sale of each pair to the NHS Heroes fund. Each week the team also surprise san NHS hero, ward, hospital or helper with a very special gift to say thank you for their service during this unprecedented time.
Supporting the NHS and eating biscuits? Now there’s an idea we can get on board with. Morrisons gingerbread heroes are available at all of Morrisons Cake Shop counters nationwide profits from the sales will be donated directly to NHS Charities Together.
If you’re more of a chocolate than a biscuit person, Edinburgh-based chocolatier COCO has answered your prayers. Their limited edition bars, in flavours like Colombian Milk and Isle of Skye Sea Salt Dark, are wrapped in original artwork donated by names including Sir Billy Connolly, and £5 is donated for each one you buy and scoff, making them just that little bit sweeter.
I Love Harris
Want to raise a toast to the hardworking NHS staff in your life? 10 per cent of every order of these special I Love Haris gin bottles goes to NHS Charities Together. If you want to send one to a friend, they’ll also handwrite a personal message on your behalf to be included in the order.
Wine drinkers can also get in on the NHS action with this affordable bottle from Nice Drinks. Co-founder of the brand Lucy Wright says: ‘The total angel on the front of the bottle is Ella, an NHS hero. We’re so ridiculously grateful to Ella and her colleagues that we’re donating all proceeds to support NHS charities.’
Wear your heart on your sleeve (or rainbow on your chest) as the case may be with Kindred’s #ClapForOurCarers tee. They come in a range of sizes so the whole family can sport one, and 100 per cent of the proceeds goes to the NHS Charities Together.
Boohoo’s NHS hoodie is a snugglier option with the same message of hope. As its headquarters are in Manchester, all proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to Manchester Foundation Trust Charity’s NHS Staff Appeal.
Not only has footwear brand Crocs already donated over 200,000 pairs of shoes to hospitals globally to support healthcare workers during the crisis, under the new ‘one for you, one for healthcare‘ scheme, if you donate an extra £10 with your purchase of a Classic Clog, they’ll give another pair of shoes to someone on the frontline for free.
Illustrator Rachel Bungey also riffs off the #ClapForOurCarers theme with her super-cute monochrome t-shirt design. Available in sizes S-XL, all profits from sales go to NHS Charities Together.
Phil Watts Design
This clever device is called a shoe pull, and no, we’d never heard of it before either. Nottingham-based designer Phil has come up with a hands-free handle which lets you open doors with your foot, minimising contamination of handles – a handy idea for these times. 20 per cent of the sale of each one will go to the NHS and other frontline workers.
Nursem was been supporting the NHS since well before the coronavirus outbreak began: for every product you buy, the brand gives a month’s worth of free Nursem to a nurse or midwife. They’ve donated an extra 10,000 hand creams in recent weeks, but seeing as we’re all washing our hands much more than usual, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the one for one programme.
In response to the shortage of hand sanitiser, Pai Skincare created its own, with the initial batch given to neighbouring schools, nurseries and charities of its London offices. Since then, it’s committed to donating one tube to an NHS worker (or care home, homeless charity or beauty bank) for every one purchased by the public.
Need soap more than sanitiser? Soapsmith is running a similar offer that its calling ‘hope in soap’ – buy any soap from its website and it will donate another to an NHS worker. Our favourite is the gorgeous Hackney scent.
Once your hands are squeaky clean and in tip top shape, an at-home mani is the next obvious step. This rainbow set from Peacci, including the shades August, Venus, Electric Blu, Serena, and Lemonade, gives you plenty of options, and also comes with a nail art brush so you can experiment with more creative designs. £5 from each sale goes to the NHS.
Studio is donating 10 per cent of profits from its ‘Rainbows and Hearts‘ collection to the NHS. It spans everything from clothing to bedding, but our top pick is this totally joyous rainbow sprinkler – endless in-garden entertainment guaranteed.
We all know we should be staying at home, and with Rixo’s chic tee design, you can spread the message with every wear. 50 per cent of profits from our RIXO ‘Stay at Home’ T-shirt will go to NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal – the first run sold out almost instantly, but there will be a restock.
A real investment piece, Drajee London’s Hamsa bracelet is said to be a symbol of love and protection, as well as a bringer of good luck. 20 per cent of the price of each bracelet sold will go to the NHS, and Drajee is also donating 10 per cent of sales across its site, which will be split between the Trussell Trust & the NHS COVID 19 Appeal.
Since 1 April, Temperley London has been donating 20 per cent of profits from all sales to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal donations page, to cover travel costs including parking and accommodation for NHS staff, as well as food deliveries and wellbeing packs. You’ll still be contributing whatever you buy on site, but we particularly love this headscarf’s ability to tame our wild WFH hair.
Lisou is another fashion brand that is donating 20 per cent of profits to the NHS; their funds go to the Covid-19 Support Fund that the Royal College of Nursing Foundation has set up. Their silk scarves are a lovely, affordable way to support their generosity, but again, proceeds from anything you buy will go towards this very worthy cause.
As with Diptyque, if you’re going to be spending more time than ever at home, you may as well make it smell glorious. Rebecca Tracey’s Florence candle is full of uplifting notes like tangerine, grapefruit, bergamot and neroli, and £5 from the sale of each one will be given to the NHS.
Okay, so toilet roll isn’t a ‘treat’ as such, but we have been seeing shortages, and Serious Tissues’ recycled version isn’t just good for the planet, it’s great for the NHS. The company is donating 100 per cent of profits to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
Want to toast our brilliant NHS with an actual can? BrewDog’s iconic Punk IPA now comes in packs, priced at £15 for 12, that raise money for the Help NHS Heroes charity – all proceeds from every box are given directly to the cause.
Chinti & Parker
Chinti & Parker has created a special Hearts for our NHS edit, with 100 per cent of profits from all three items, including this gorgeous berry cashmere jumper, going to the Meals for the NHS not for profit initiative. If the sweater is out of your price range but you love the Chinti design, the t-shirts are a less expensive option at £95.
If new arm candy has been calling your name but you’ve not yet found the excuse, here it is. Independent brand LPOL (that’s Lost Property of London) is donating 20 per cent of every sale from its new Hoopla collection to UCLH COVID-19 Emergency Staff Support Fund – the fund for its local hospital.
DrawFor is a new social enterprise where artists have donated designs to raise funds for NHS Charities Together. Each one is just £20 – affordable wall art if ever we saw it – and equally lovely as the last. Head to drawfor.org to view the full collection.
English-Italian artist Chiara Perano is offering this beautiful design for free download on her website: ‘it’s to give to someone who is doing something amazing, whether thats a healthcare worker, a postman, a local shop, or a really thoughtful friend,’ she says. ‘Or just to print out and stick in your window, or in a frame if you like it, I don’t mind.’
All she asks in return is that you make a donation to a fundraiser for her local hospital, which is in urgent need of PPE. 100 per cent of the money raised will go to NHS Charities Together for Homerton Hospital – give what you can, and then give your thanks.