How to give it: 8 new initiatives for Covid-19 relief

From Anya Hindmarch’s “holdster” to Quentin Blake’s rainbows

Reading, with Birds – one of 10 drawings by Quentin Blake up for auction at Bonhams, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together
Reading, with Birds – one of 10 drawings by Quentin Blake up for auction at Bonhams, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together

On 22 May, a previously nondescript courtyard in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was transformed into a scented, flower-filled garden, lushly planted with roses, irises and alliums. The garden was a gift from perfume house Amaffi to say thank you to the hospital’s NHS staff. Also supporting the NHS is new charity initiative Nights on Us, which is pledging to give every ICU worker in the UK a two-night hotel break at the likes of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Savoy and Brown’s. Keen to show some support yourself? Here are eight ways.

Quentin Blake illustrations

“I know that people have been putting rainbows in their windows to express solidarity,” says Quentin Blake of the inspiration behind his new series of drawings. “I took the liberty of borrowing them.” The 10 originals are up for auction at Bonhams (estimates from £800), with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together, which helps support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers. Until 3 June; bonhams.com

Anya Hindmarch’s wipeable, washable NHS “holdster” for frontline workers
Anya Hindmarch’s wipeable, washable NHS “holdster” for frontline workers
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Anya Hindmarch holdster

In this unexpected collaboration, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch has joined forces with Hugh Montgomery, a professor of intensive care medicine at University College London. Their design for a wipeable, washable “holdster” in which ICU staff can safely carry essentials has been widely praised, and now the duo are aiming to provide 30,000 frontline workers with the kit. Each holdster costs £10 to make, and donations thus far have raised over £60,000. justgiving.com/fundraising/anya-hindmarch-holdster

Cult photography

The portfolio of American photographer Mark Seliger isn’t short on celebrity names. Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Brad Pitt and Barack Obama all feature in a selection of his prints being auctioned online by Christie’s. All proceeds will be directed to Covid 19-related charities. Until 12 June; christies.com

Leonardo DiCaprio by Mark Seliger – a selection of the American photographer’s prints is being auctioned by Christie’s, with proceeds going to Covid 19-related charities
Leonardo DiCaprio by Mark Seliger – a selection of the American photographer’s prints is being auctioned by Christie’s, with proceeds going to Covid 19-related charities
Lacoste’s special-edition Solidarity polo shirt (€130): proceeds will support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Lacoste’s special-edition Solidarity polo shirt (€130): proceeds will support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Lacoste polo shirt

In tribute to volunteers working against the pandemic, Lacoste is releasing a special-edition Solidarity polo shirt (€130) with the iconic crocodile motif ensconced in a red heart. Proceeds will be donated to the Lacoste Fund, which supports the actions of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world. lacoste.com

Cocktails

Also supporting NHS Charities Together is Lockdown Liquor & Co – an endeavour created to “bring some joy and happiness during these unsettling times”. Succour comes in the form of Picante – a fiery mix of Reposado tequila, lime, agave nectar and chilli – and the gin-based Pepino, laced with cucumber, lime and mint (both £25 for 500ml). lockdown-liquor.com

With cocktails such as its gin-based Pepino, Lockdown Liquor & Co is supporting NHS Charities Together
With cocktails such as its gin-based Pepino, Lockdown Liquor & Co is supporting NHS Charities Together
Profits from sales of artist Chris Levine’s screenprint of the Dalai Lama will go to anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust
Profits from sales of artist Chris Levine’s screenprint of the Dalai Lama will go to anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust

Pop-art Dalai Lama

Artist Chris Levine is best known for his holographic “light portraits” – most famously of Queen Elizabeth II, standing in full regalia with her eyes closed. His portrait of the Dalai Lama, titled #compassion, is a three-tone screenprint that gives His Holiness a pop-art vibe. The print is on sale at Jealous Gallery (£250 unframed), with all profits going to anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust. Until 7 June; jealousgallery.com/artists/chris-levine/compassion

Alighieri for Refuge

Jewellery brand Alighieri has raised £40,000 for The Trussell Trust since lockdown began in the UK. Now it is donating 10 per cent of sales to Refuge, which provides support to women and children escaping domestic and other forms of violence. alighieri.co.uk

Jewellery brand Alighieri is donating 10 per cent of sales to Refuge
Jewellery brand Alighieri is donating 10 per cent of sales to Refuge
Les Girls Les Boys limited-edition T-shirt (£45) in aid of UK Youth
Les Girls Les Boys limited-edition T-shirt (£45) in aid of UK Youth

Feelgood T-shirts 

“Happier times are coming” reads the colourful limited-edition T-shirt (£45) from fashion brand Les Girls Les Boys. Profits go to UK Youth, a charity supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, while the brand has also commissioned a playlist from DJ Honey Dijon to “tune into and make you feel good”. lesgirlslesboys.com

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