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Daniel Rymer Male Grooming on St Stephen’s Street in Bristol has partnered with local charity Caring in Bristol to help raise money for Cheers Drive, the UK’s first-ever free food delivery service for the homeless.

With a raft of new COVID-19 safety measures include social distancing, PPE for staff and customers, the salon has decided that instead of passing on the cost of PPE and social distance signage to their customers, they’re asking them to donate £1 to Caring in Bristol.

What a genius idea!

What is Cheers Drive?

Food banks and food services for the homeless, like soup kitchens, have suffered massively due to lockdown regulations so Cheers Drive has been combating this with daily deliveries to locations across the city. Led by Josh Eggleton of the Michelin- starred Pony and Trap, along with some of Bristol’s most established eateries, Cheers Drive has been supplying meals to the homeless and vulnerable throughout the lockdown period.

How can the industry help?

Salon owner Daniel has stepped up to help out the dire situation with food banks.

He said:

“Over the past few weeks I’ve seen lots of salons worrying about the new rules, and whether they should pass on the cost of PPE and social distancing signage to their customers. I decided that we would keep our prices the salon, but will use this as an opportunity to help make a difference to the city and the homeless community by developing a Care Pack that we will ask customers to make a minimum £1 donation to Caring in Bristol”.

Daniel’s customers can expect their Care Pack consist of a face mask which can be taken away, freshly laundered personal gown, voucher card with offers and discounts from local businesses, plus samples and goodies from the salon’s stockists including Aveda.

Edd Smith, Caring in Bristol Head of Development said:

“Those without homes have become more vulnerable than ever during COVID19, not only because they don’t have a safe home to self-isolate, but they are three times more likely to have a chronic health condition than you or I. Which is why as a local charity Caring in Bristol has sprung into action, the donations from these Care packs will support us caring for around 400 homeless and vulnerably housed people each day and campaigning for their future. Our vision is a city empowered to solve homelessness and working with engaged businesses like Daniel Rymer and their clients is a great way to put that into action.”

To date Caring in Bristol’s Cheers Drive has delivered over 80,000 meals to those who are homeless and extremely vulnerable during COVI19.

For more information visit www.caringinbristol.co.uk/project/cheers-drive