GENEROUS people from the Filipino community in Oxfordshire have been working hard to distributing free lunches to NHS workers during the government-enforced lockdown.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic members of Filipino Community of Oxfordshire (FilCom Oxford) have delivered meals to frontline staff several times to boost morale and 'do their bit' in the crisis.

On April 5 and 18 food was distributed to NHS staff working at the John Radcliffe Hospital and then April 25 to staff working at the Churchill Hospital with meals being catered by MM Catering Services and Kabayan Remit that is based in Bicester.

Members of the community have two more dates planned for their outreach.

Staff at the JR will be receiving another generous round of hot meals today and workers at the Churchill Hospital will be treated on Saturday, May 9.

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The group has also distributed Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) and respirators to healthcare organisations across Oxfordshire.

This is not the first time the non-profit organisation, established in Oxford back in 2002 by Sister Clare Joseph, a Filipino missionary nun, has helped out.

On Christmas Eve last year the FilCom children's choir sang carols to entertain patients and healthcare workers at Oxford Children's Hospital and brighten up their holidays.

Since it was started FilCom Oxford has forged strong relationships with the Philippine Embassy in London, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, and Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action.

Any money raised by the community is only for the purpose of funding its various events or for providing specific assistance to people or causes in need.

Membership to the non-profit organisation is free of charge and is open to all.

To learn more about the Filipino community in Oxford and its work visit