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James Wong - Supporting the Region

25 May 2020

Community Champions
James Wong delivering essential supplies to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Chairman of the Southside Business Improvement District and local restaurateur James Wong has been incredibly busy over the course of the pandemic. At the start of the crisis in China, the managing director of the Chung Ying Restaurant Group helped organise the Birmingham Chinese community to stage a Wuhan Fundraising Dinner in the city. The dinner raised £33,255 to provide essential medical supplies for Hubei Red Cross.

When the pandemic reached our shores, James' focus switched to closer to home. First, when Birmingham City Council announced that it only had 2 weeks supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in March, James arranged donations of more than £14,000 worth of supplies to health care professionals. This was made up of 2,000 N95 face masks and 1,000 coveralls.

But this was just the start of James' epic effort to support the region.

  • Delivered free hot meals to elders within the Birmingham Chinese community who are in self-isolation.
  • Free hot lunches to the Birmingham community in self-isolation.
  • Free hot lunches/meals for NHS staff at a number of the region's hospitals.
  • James got his head shaved for the NHS Covhead-19 Challenge to support the brave frontline NHS staff.
  • Donated hot food for police officers at Digbeth Police Station in Birmingham who are keeping the streets staff.
  • Ramped up operations to deliver free hot meals to elders within the Birmingham Chinese community in self-isolation and with disabilities.
  • Donated 220 items of PPE (goggles) to Birmingham Children's Hospital

James not only leverages his contacts and links to help to support communities and people in need but redeployed his businesses and the skills and resources of his staff to support communities and frontline staff. These times have asked us all to be more adaptable and to find solutions to the challenges that we have faced. By supporting communities with meals and providing equipment for health workers, James and his team have shown that charity begins at home.