Wrexham-based Village Bakery is donating spelt and honey bread to local care workers.

The 800g sliced loaves were supplied to Hope House in Morda, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, as well as Nightingale House Hospice and Pendine Park in Wrexham.

There are currently three weekly deliveries of 2,500 loaves in total.

The idea was introduced by members of staff at the bakery and a request from a nurse at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, said Robin Jones, managing director at Village Bakery.

”I’ve seen videos online and news about people not being able to shop, including those who work in social care and the NHS, so I thought if we do a little bit, it’s going to help.

“These people deserve support and they’re all going to be snowed under in the weeks to come. This is a way for all the staff at the Village Bakery to say thank you to everybody who is on the frontline during this pandemic,” said Jones.

The loaves are produced using a spelt and honey mix that ingredients supplier Ireks is giving to bakers to use to support local causes during the coronavirus outbreak.

“All those who are on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus – from health workers to public servants – are earning plaudits for their brave and tireless work with good reason,” said Ireks.

“We would like to do even more; hopefully together with you bakers! If you want to support these heroes of today, all you have to do is get in touch with us.”

Bread production had increased by 200% to cope with the demand from supermarkets and independent stores, said Village Bakery. Two more drops were planned for next week and the following week.

“We need as much support as we can, because fundraising is obviously very difficult in this climate. We’re doing what we can, but a lot of events that we’d organised have had to be postponed or cancelled,” added Peter Jackson, catering manager at Nightingale House.

”It’s all the more welcome because this kindness is also a recognition of the vital role social care staff are playing amid the coronavirus crisis in safeguarding the most vulnerable people in society,” said Mario Kreft, proprietor at Pendine Park.

For more information on the Ireks offer to bakers, see British Baker’s Coronavirus impact update.