Leading UK 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 NHS Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, the vibrant creation was put on display to mark NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day taking place yesterday (5 July).
Florette commissioned food artist Prudence Staite to create the rainbow artwork made from its signature salad ingredients to thank all members of the NHS, social care, and frontline services for their hard work.
Against a backdrop of painted crystal blue skies and white fluffy clouds, Prudence hand placed each of the 1,218 ingredients onto the display. The rainbow which took 128 hours to create comprises seven arches, with each coloured strand different salad ingredients:
Red - small cherry and baby plum tomatoes (800 in total)
Orange - sliced carrots (220 in total)
Yellow - yellow peppers (23 in total)
Green - spinach, rocket and frisee infused together (40 in total)
Blue - a hand-painted ‘Thank You NHS’ message anchoring the centre of the rainbow
Indigo - red leaf lettuce, Lolla Rossa and Ruby Chard. (40 in total)
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 400 onsite staff at NHS Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham with goody bags and rainbow themed cupcakes for every staff member.
On saying thank you to all keyworkers, Antony Greenwood, Florette’s commercial and marketing director said: “Just like our frontline workers 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.
“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 NHS Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, 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.”