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The Earl and Countess of Wessex volunteer to package meals for NHS workers

The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined volunteers packing meals for NHS workers earlier this week as they continue their volunteering efforts throughout the pandemic.

The royals joined volunteers at a warehouse for Salute the NHS, a charitable organisation that aims to prepare and deliver a million meals to NHS frontline workers. The organisation aims to “feed vital NHS front-line heroes with nutritious, balanced and tasty meals by galvanising business leaders and philanthropists, using their donations, skill-sets or products to great effect in the war against COVID-19.”

Salute the NHS posted about Edward and Sophie’s visit on Instagram, writing that “We were delighted to welcome The Earl and Countess of Wessex to the Salute the NHS hub today to meet our fantastic volunteers and to see our team in action! Their Royal Highnesses helped pack our Boost meal boxes and our Soothe and Care packages. We are all in this together, standing behind the NHS!”

The Boost meal boxes include meals planned by food experts, including chefs and nutritionists, to “ensure every pack is balanced, nutritious and tasty” and that the food can sustain the body and mind.

The Soothe and Care packages contain personal care products like shampoos and soaps to help the frontline workers care for their minds and bodies.

Salute the NHS was founded by Ron Dennis CBE and Nigel Harris, and a team of professionals, who wanted to help with this aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its official website. The funds were initially provided by a grant of £1 million, and a £500,000 matched pledge by The Dennis Foundation.

Edward and Sophie have been active volunteers throughout the pandemic, especially in helping prepare food packages for families and frontline workers. Earlier in the pandemic, they volunteered with a mosque for Eid, and Sophie helped distribute food donations for  staff at Frimley Park Hospital.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.