Hemel Hempstead nurse awarded Deliveroo gold card for heroic efforts during pandemic

Deliveroo has given away 10 gold cards loaded with £1,000 to NHS and other key workers

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 12:04 pm

A nurse from Hemel Hempstead has been awarded a Deliveroo gold card loaded with £1000 for her heroic efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Crystal Wilson, a nurse at a local hospital, was contacted by the food-delivery company letting her know she had been selected as one of the 10 gold card winners.

Deliveroo announced that it was giving away 10 Deliveroo gold cards to frontline healthcare and community heroes who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Crystal has been awarded a Deliveroo gold card

The coveted Gold Cards were awarded exclusively to frontline workers, including NHS workers, volunteers and key workers as a token of gratitude for their ongoing inspirational work to support and care for the vulnerable.

The public were asked to nominate themselves, a friend, or a family member on Deliveroo’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages by tagging them and highlighting their contribution, to be in with a chance to win.

Crystal, 31, had been nominated by her partner Gareth on facebook.

The nomination read: “I nominate Crystal who was one of the first intensive care nurses in the country to treat a Covid-19 patient in intensive care.

"While ill with Covid-19 symptoms herself she sought donations of PPE from members of the public and, once they arrived, she distributed them at the hospital where she works.

"Crystal also managed to have face masks 3D printed, through a friend and had them distributed throughout the hospital and posted to other front line staff in other countries.”

Crystal, who has been working for the NHS for 5 years told Deliveroo that she has seen a huge change in her job since the pandemic hit.

She said: "It’s been pretty dreadful in ITU. If someone had said to me there was going to be a pandemic, I wouldn't have been able to imagine it… it was almost like a warzone.

“Every day you go into work you know you are making a difference.”

Crystal used the gold card to order a Turkish takeaway from Opuz Kitchen with her best friend.

She said: "When the lockdown restrictions eased I invited my best friend over and we had a socially distanced take away in the garden.

"It was lovely, she is also a nurse and lost her mum to COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic.

"It was the first time both families were able to get together since it happened.

"All her family are key workers, her partner and brother work for the council on the refuse team and her dad is a carer, and have all been working throughout the lockdown.

"It was really lovely to be able to enjoy a meal with all of them, and it was nice to treat them with the Deliveroo gold card."

Will Shu, CEO and Co-founder, Deliveroo said: “We want to recognise and celebrate the thousands of key workers across the country who have been doing their bit throughout what has been a remarkably challenging period.

"The way communities have rallied to support each other is inspiring and these gold cards are another small token of our appreciation for the individuals who have gone over and above. From everyone at Deliveroo, thank you.”

Deliveroo has now made over 500,000 free meals available to NHS workers and vulnerable people as part of it’s Support the NHS campaign, which launched in March.

With the support of Deliveroo’s restaurant partners, customer donations and corporate partners, Deliveroo has been delivering meals to hospitals and communities across the country throughout the COVID-19 period. In addition to this, Deliveroo released over 80,000 free £20 vouchers for NHS workers.