A FLINTSHIRE pub is giving hundreds of roast dinners away to hospital staff that are missing meals whilst on the frontline of the coronavirus fight.

Key workers at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire are going without meals as they continue to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control – and the owners of the Travellers Inn in Caerwys have done something to say thank you.

Doug and Kellie Gelder own the pub and wanted to be able to do something for NHS staff who are working to keep the region safe during the global health crisis.

On April 2, the team working with the pub delivered 124 meals to Glan Clwyd Hospital and a further 120 meals went to the staff working on April 5 – as well as cakes – and the pub have no intention of stopping any time soon.

Gail Briscoe, who is running a fundraising campaign to keep the project going, told the Leader that the hospital staff have been very grateful for the meals.

She said: “Doug and Kellie decided that thanks would be needed for those NHS staff that are working hard on the frontline, and often skipping meals, to help beat this virus. Obviously, with all the additional risks they are going through to do their job, eating is often the last thing on their minds when they have to be there for patients.

“It’s a self-funded mission at first and we have been able to source some businesses locally that are offering discounted produce that go into making the meals, but it all still costs money which is why we set up the fundraiser which has been greatly received by people.”

Gail added that, of the donated dinners, there have been enough to feed almost every staff member on shift when they arrive.

She said: “It really is just a little thank you gesture for all the hard work they do as NHS staff all day and night. The whole NHS is being affected by this nasty virus as people are moved to wherever they are needed so our appreciation goes out to everyone and staff at the hospital have told us the dinners are much welcomed and have brightened a few days.

“We are now on the hunt for cake makers to make this weekend’s Easter delivery extra special for our key workers.”

A fundraising page has been set up to help support the pub and ensure they are able to continue providing these meals to frontline workers.

Gail says the funding will support the pub with buying meats and other produce to make tasty home-cooked meals for the staff at Glan Clwyd – and even go towards buying supplies for extra treats like cakes.

To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/6jbv2-feed-the-frontline – or contact Gail Briscoe on 07725 793835 to offer support by donating produce that can be used to make the meals.