A donation of Ceylon tea and disposable gloves was made to the staff of the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to coincide with the International Tea Day.
The Sri Lanka Tea Board and six leading tea producers in Sri Lanka, namely, Vintage Teas Ceylon Ltd, English Tea Shop, Tea Trends Export Ltd, Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Mlesna Ceylon Ltd, Stassen International Pvt Ltd, and manufacturer of disposal gloves Dipped Products Ltd of the Hayleys Group contributed to this goodwill gesture to show appreciation to NHS personnel who are in the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 .
The Sri Lanka High Commission handed over the consignment of Ceylon tea and gloves to Consultant Respiratory and Head of Respiratory Unit of Medway Hospital in Kent, Dr Gihan Hettiarachchi and his team.
Dr Hettiarachchi who was recently featured in the “Good Morning Britain” TV programme was applauded by recovered COVID -19 patients for his professionalism and care towards them and their families during their difficult time.
A further donation of Ceylon tea and gloves was presented to Bart’s Health, the largest NHS Trust in London with six partner hospitals including NHS Nightingale London .
In a symbolic handover of the items, an assortment of Ceylon tea and a packet of Palm Pro gloves of Hayleys was also presented by the High Commission to Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The High Commission also assisted the donation of Akbar Premium tea packs by the Conservative Friends of Sri Lanka in the UK to 18 NHS Hospitals, High Commission of Sri Lanka in London said in a news release.