It’s safe to say that now, more than ever, we are in awe of the work the NHS do for this country.
Despite being overstretched and exposed to increasing risk due to the coronavirus, workers from across the health service have stepped up to the plate and proven themselves as heroes.
One footwear company – Allbirds – has decided to honour these people in the best way they know how – by giving them a free pair of comfy trainers that hopefully lighten their load a little.
In an emailed statement, the brand said: ‘We admire everything NHS healthcare workers are doing for our communities. To show our appreciation for those on the front lines fighting COVID-19, we’re offering a pair of shoes on us.
‘It’s a small way of saying thank you and providing comfort for the long hours you’re putting in to keep us safe and healthy.’
NHS healthcare workers are asked to fill in this online form that proves they work for the service, and they’ll hear back from the company once they’re verified.
There are 2,000 pairs of the trainers – which are touted as ‘the most comfortable shoes on the planet’ – available.
They normally cost from £95, and are made from premium natural materials including merino wool and Brazilian sugarcane.
Their Sweetfoam soles make them perfect for people on their feet all day, and the shoelaces are made from nautical rope so staff won’t have to keep retying all day.
On bargains platform HotUKDeals, shoppers have been praising the brand for the act of kindness.
One commenter said, ‘What a lovely gesture about time other big companies follow suit’ and another wrote, ‘My wife and myself are both frontline NHS staff and I can tell you the appreciation shown by the vast majority of people is very much heard and felt, thank you.’
If there’s anything we as people (and businesses) can do for people putting themselves in harm’s way for the greater good, we should get on board.
Props to Allbirds for trying to take some of the pressure off of people on the frontline.
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