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Florette pays tribute to NHS staff

The UK’s leading salad brand, Florette has paid tribute to NHS frontline staff with a two metre-high colourful salad rainbow display.

Hosted outside in the sunshine at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH), the vibrant creation was put on display to mark NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day, which took place on Monday 5 July - also the NHS' 73rd birthday.

Florette commissioned food artist, Prudence Staite (pictured below), to create the rainbow artwork made from their signature salad ingredients to thank all members of the NHS, social care, and frontline services for their hard work. 

Prudence Statie was commissioned by Florette to create the two metre tall rainbow made of 1208 salad ingredients to mark NHS Frontline Day resized

Against a backdrop of painted crystal blue skies and white fluffy clouds, Prudence hand placed each of the 1218 ingredients onto the display. The rainbow which took 128 hours to create comprises seven arches, with each coloured strand different salad ingredients:-

  1. Red - small cherry and baby plum tomatoes (800 in total)
  2. Orange - sliced carrots (220 in total)
  3. Yellow - yellow peppers (23 in total)
  4. Green - spinach, rocket and frisee infused together (40 in total)
  5. Blue - a hand-painted ‘Thank You NHS’ message anchoring the centre of the rainbow
  6. Indigo - red leaf lettuce, Lolla Rossa and Ruby Chard. (40 in total)
  7. Violet - is furnished with the newest member of Florette’s salad family, candy striped beetroot. (95 in total)

Alongside the salad rainbow creation, Florette provided a healthy lunch to over 300 on-site staff at the hospital with goody bags and rainbow themed cupcakes.

On saying thank you to all keyworkers, Antony Greenwood, Florette’s Commercial and Marketing Director said: “Just like our frontline heroes have throughout the pandemic, we wanted to go above and beyond in saying thanks today on NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day. 

“As a nation, we’ve relied on the NHS more than ever in the last 18 months. Our salad rainbow was created to showcase our appreciation and respect for the resilience and dedication of our key workers. It goes just a small way towards saying thank you.

NHS frontline staff give a thumbs up in front of a rainbow made of salad to mark NHS Frontline Day resized

(Above) ROH staff with the salad rainbow

“We’re also making a donation to NHS Charities Together every time a pack of our new Rainbow Crunchy Salad bag is purchased this year. The charity has played a more important role than ever before so we’re really proud to be able to support them.”

On co-hosting the NHS event in Birmingham, Amos Mallard, Head of Communications at ROH, commented: “We’re really proud of the contribution our hospital team made during the pandemic. Working with Florette has been great, they share our ethos of health and wellbeing, so it’s been fantastic to celebrate together and thank our amazing key workers.”

On their charitable partnership with Florette, a spokesperson for NHS Charities Together said: “We are incredibly humbled by this show of support from Florette, the figure they hope to raise for NHS Charities Together with the new rainbow salad range will help us to continue our support for NHS staff and volunteers as we move toward a brighter future.

“Without contributions like this one, we would be unable to continue the vital work that we do, offering our love and thanks to those that have been there for us through such a challenging time. A huge thank you to Florette.”

ROH also marked the day by handing out gifts to all staff. These included a commemorative mug and pin badge, and gifts donated by Clinique.