There's so much coverage across the news right now about the challenging conditions front-line NHS workers are facing on a daily basis in tackling Coronavirus COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, chocolate businesses have reacted in a number of ways, with the latest news being that Cadbury's Bournville plant is now 3D-printing face mask visors for front-line staff in collaboration with 3P Innovation.
Overwhelmed with the support his customers had shown him during these uncertain times, one local chocolatier decided to host a 24-hour challenge in the run up to Easter in order to treat front-line staff at a very desperate time.
Al Garnsworthy challenged his Somerset-based team at The Chocolate Society to produce as many Easter eggs as possible in a 24-hour period. Codenamed "#eastereggathon," the results from 1,440 minutes of non-stop labour would be shipped to NHS front-line staff as brief respite from the relentless challenges they are currently facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The result was a colossal 1,826 chocolate Easter eggs! Yes, 1,826 Easter eggs! The eggs were branded in red packaging with the message "We think you are Eggceptional." They were distributed to front-line NHS workers across the country.
Al Garnsworthy also set up a GoFundMe fundraising page for this 24-hour chocolate making marathon, seeking to raise £500 for Heroes, a campaign designed to support NHS key workers with necessary food and gifts while they fight against the disease on the front-line.
The herculean actions of The Chocolate Society team meant they smashed that target, raising £3,158 through 113 donations at the time of writing. You can donate to the campaign here.
Congratulations to Al and his team. It's a hugely impressive achievement that makes a real difference on the front-line.
Remember to play your part: Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.