EastEnders star Scott Maslen and West Suffolk builder cook meals for NHS workers
A West Suffolk builder has teamed up with an EastEnders star to cook meals for NHS workers.
John Wright, of Troston, is friends with actor Scott Maslen, who plays Jack Branning on the BBC soap, and together they have cooked 100 dishes for staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
It is part of the You Donate We Deliver initiative to support NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Wright, 56, said the pair were looking at extending the initiative to West Suffolk and is appealing for donations of food or for wholesalers who may wish to supply food to the project to step forward.
“It’s a nice thing to do - we wanted to do something with the community before this all started,” he said.
“We were talking about starting youth clubs in London - me being a builder and him being a bit of a face. Then this came up and we thought we would try to help.”
He said the NHS staff ‘work very hard’ and it was a ‘good feeling’ to give something back.
Scott, who also starred in The Bill, was a semi-finalist in Celebrity MasterChef in 2015.
They have produced meals including moussaka, lasagne and shepherd’s pie from the actor’s home in London, while keeping at the appropriate social distance.
“I help with the cooking,” Mr Wright said. “To be honest he got to the MasterChef semi-final so he’s quite a good cook. I only prep.”
He met Scott 10 years ago while working on a roof at Elstree Studios, where EastEnders is filmed.
“I walked past, he was having a beer one day, he saw the look on my face and asked if I would like one and it went from there,” he said.
“We’ve become very good friends.
“We went fishing together last year to France.
“He’s a nice all round fella. He’s very down to earth.”
Scott has filmed videos of the process and published them on social media.
Clips on Twitter include collecting vegetables from a stall in Hampstead, cooking in his kitchen and the meals being collected for delivery.
In one video, which had attracted nearly 48,000 views on Wednesday, Scott said: “I’m so happy that I’ve done it. I feel really good about it and I’m really glad to be helping the people at We Donate You Deliver.
Mr Wright said they were aiming to cook another 100 meals yesterday (Sunday, May 10).
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