Turning clapping into coffee

Our brilliant NHS staff could do with a decent cup of coffee, so let's buy them one.

Hardly any NHS wards have an espresso machine.

Most have got one of those industrial tubs of instant, but we know they'd massively appreciate something that tastes better (we've asked). It isn't the biggest thing they need, granted. But this is something that's easy to help with.

Most of the coffee shops in and around their locations have temporarily closed. So we set up this website to help members of the public and companies to donate an espresso machine and a supply of capsules to NHS staff working hard through the coronavirus outbreak — throughout the country.

Below, you'll find a list of NHS trusts that you can send an espresso machine to and/or a regular supply of capsules — by ordering it from an online retailer like John Lewis or Nespresso. We'll leave those details up to you. At the moment, the trusts are all within the Greater London area, but we're working to add hospitals all over the country.

We will be frequently updating the list to try to ensure that as many hospitals as possible receive what they need.

What you can do:

1. Select a hospital and a delivery address from the list below.

2. Buy a machine (or more than one) and some capsules from an online retailer, and use the hospital address for the delivery. Don't go to the hospital yourself: they won't be able to accept it.

3. When your order is confirmed, send an email to [email protected], so we can keep track of what's being donated and publish your name on the website by way of thanks. Not that you probably want thanks. But thanks all the same.

4. Plan to make further regular orders of capsules to your selected hospital.

If you can’t afford to donate a machine, consider ordering some capsules. Any donation, however small, will make a difference to our nurses and doctors.

Some hospitals will receive far fewer machines than they need for their frontline staff, so consider donating your machine(s) and capsules to hospitals in less central locations. We will update the site regularly to highlight the hospitals with the greatest needs.

Over to you. We've clapped, now let's click.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Barts Health NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Whittington Health NHS Trust

If you're in an NHS trust that's not on our list and you'd like to be added (or if you're not in the NHS, but you know of a trust that isn't listed), please tell us. Just send an email to [email protected], with the name and contact details of someone at the hospital who is willing and able to coordinate receipt of a gift. We'll post the information here quicker than you can say “challenging latte art”.

About us:

We don’t work for the coffee industry

We just thought our NHS heroes might like proper coffee. We asked lots of wards and hospitals and everyone said yes! So we sent out some machines and capsules, and they seemed really pleased.

Ed, Tom, Ana, Caroline & Frances
[email protected]