Expressing appreciation and our gratitude to the NHS

In times of crisis residents in the UK reach for a cup of tea. More than ever our wellbeing is paramount as we face some of the most challenging times of this century.

The British Sri Lankan community in the UK with the luxury Ceylon Tea organisation Basilur Tea (UK) are trying to offer some relaxation to those working tirelessly round the clock.

Together, they joined forces this week to send 38,400 tea bags to NHS workers at the NHS Nightingale Hospital and the Barts Health NHS Trust in London, pursuing an idea generated by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Saroja Sirisena. This gesture was to express immense gratitude to NHS workers treating COVID-19 sufferers.

The delivery consisted of eight varieties of Ceylon tea from Basilur’s Vergin Nature range.  The pyramid caffeine-free bags can make up to two mugs of tea, designed to be consumed without any milk.

Basilur UK-ST Dash Tea Ltd commented: “We know that NHS workers are experiencing very difficult and challenging times.  We all draw comfort from different things and a cup of tea can work wonders to rebalance the body and soul.  We know we are not changing the world here, but we wanted to do something within our capacity that would make a tiny difference.  However small this gesture, it expresses our gratitude for the NHS workers who are in all our minds.”

The British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA) is privileged to carry out this activity.

BRISLA’s aim is to seek the common good by facilitating co-operation between the U.K. and Sri Lanka on economics, education, environmental factors and health affairs. It works to enhance and cultivate ties between the UK and Sri Lankan communities.

BRISLA states: “During this time of great challenge, all cultures and ethnicities are coming together.  The community spirit shown across the UK is wonderful to see and is something we have always actively encouraged and aimed to nurture.  Our world will be very different when this crisis is over but we do hope it will have taught us to respect our neighbours and how, when we pull together, we come out of a crisis stronger and united.”