John Lynch will be well known to Exiles supporters who see him at home and away match days supporting Alex James and Will Crowley-Johnson with London Irish match day logistics, however the last six weeks has seen the Irishman take on a very different, but equally important role.
The Kilfinane, Limerick native has been an ever present #PoweringTheNHS volunteer helping to prepare and then deliver meals to the NHS doctors, nurses, and care workers to hospitals across London and the Thames Valley.
This week has seen another 5,000 meals delivered, taking the overall total to over 25,000. John’s wife Marie Lynch hails from Charleville, Co Cork and works for the NHS which has given him the extra impetus to get involved. Marie provided the introduction to Ealing Hospital which has seen the #PoweringTheNHS team deliver meals to their doctors and nurses.
“It has been great to be able to help out the NHS. I drive roughly 40 miles a day and it takes about three hours by the time I have done the deliveries and arrive back to Hazelwood. I also drive to the Powerday office at Crossan House with meals that are then put into the Powerday vans to go out to hospitals.
“It is great to see the nurses when they come out to collect the meals. They are very thankful, but it is also great to tell them what a wonderful job they do.”
‘Lynchy’ as he is affectionately known as down at Hazelwood isn’t a man who really enjoys the limelight and trying to pin him down for a quick chat was no easy task, but the effort he has put in throughout the duration of this campaign has been outstanding. He is quick to divert attention back to the wider team of volunteers.
“Bogdan, Fiona and Alex have worked extremely hard as have all the volunteers. Jackie, Bill, James, Emma I could go on. It is rewarding work but also very enjoyable to be part of such a great team.”
The team are now providing 5,000 meals a week scaling up from 500 to 800 to now 1,000 a day. It is down to the efforts of John and the entire group of volunteers that has made this feat possible.
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