Community carers and the homeless are among those to be supported by businesses using funding delivered by the University of Kent

Community carers and the homeless are among those to be supported by businesses using funding delivered by the University of Kent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nadia Esi used its £500 grant to donate 100 hand sanitizers to community care companies.

Nadia Esi is a start-up founded by Kent Business School student Nadia Simpson.

Nadia, who is studying Accounting and Finance, said: “We should all applaud the work being done by our amazing key workers to care for high risk elderly people during the pandemic.

“I am pleased Nadia Esi was able to support them during this time.”

In Canterbury, Ambrette staff used their funding to provide 275 hot healthy meals for people being supported by the Catching Lives homeless charity and hot meals for NHS hospital staff.

The funding came through emergency response grants provided by Santander Universities, one of the University of Kent’s key partners.

Ambrette owner and chef, Dev Biswal, said: “We are together in supporting the amazing work being done at Catching Lives.”

The restaurant, which pivoted into home delivery during the lockdown, has also been working with the Porchlight charity.

Dev Biswal at Ambrette restaurant in Canterbury.Kofi of Sincere Care Limite