Over the past two months, we’re proud to see so many of the amazing businesses in our district supporting local hospitals and key workers. Our Southside community continues to demonstrate that it’s filled with incredibly selfless, caring people who have stepped up to help others, even as their businesses face unprecedented challenges.

James Wong, chairman of Southside BID and owner of the Chung Ying restaurant group, has donated over 1,000 free meals to NHS workers across the region and other key workers, as well as those in self-isolation in the local community.

Those who’ve received free meals include staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Sandwell Hospital, City Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Solihull Hospital, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Heartlands Hospital, as well as Army West Midlands and Digbeth Police Station. He is now focusing on key workers in care homes and local volunteers.

A message from James

A message from our MD James. Thank you Birmingham for your continued support ❤Order your #ChungYingDelivery here (Vegan & Gluten Free options available) 👉 https://www.chungying.co.uk/takeaway/

Posted by Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gaijin Sushi have been donating around 350 free meals a week to local hospitals, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the QE and Sandwell hospital, from when the first week of lockdown began. For every £10 customers spend, a meal is donated.

Duncan from Gaijin Sushi said: “We are so grateful for all the support from our customers, who are making it possible for us to provide these meals for NHS staff.”

Gaijin Sushi have donated over 2,000 meals. To help them continue this effort, you can order from their website here, where they are offering 20% off pre-orders made over 24 hours in advance.

Another fantastic business who are supporting the local community is Wing Wah. By donating vital PPE to more than 90 organisations, including over 10,000 masks, the restaurant is helping to keep our amazing local key workers safe.

These incredible donations have been lifting spirits across the region and could not have happened without all of the fantastic volunteers involved, so from Southside, we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved!