Global beauty and wellness brand The Hut Group (THG), which owns owns ESPA, has revealed a £10m (€11.26m) Covid-19 aid package to support vulnerable communities, key workers and emergency services in Manchester, other areas of the UK and its international markets.
A total of £5m will be donated directly into the Manchester area, where THG is based and 5,000 of its workforce live. A further £5m of aid will be offered to areas further afield.
In addition, all 70 bedrooms in both of THG’s Manchester city centre hotels, Great John Street Hotel and King Street Townhouse, were made available at no charge to support both NHS staff and Manchester Police, who were working away from their families.
The company’s in-house catering team was redeployed to deliver more than one million meal packages and food parcels for vulnerable people in the north-west.
THG is also sourcing and donating more than 25 tonnes of medical-grade PPE, and is working closely with Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, and the NHS, to ensure the PPE is distributed across the region.
Matthew Moulding, founder and CEO of The Hut Group, said: “THG is a major global player in the manufacture and retail of nutrition, vitamins and personal care products. These are unprecedented times and THG has an obligation to support those in need, not only as a major regional employer, but because we have the ability to do so.
“Many of the products we produce are currently beyond the reach of a lot of people due to recent spikes in global demand.”