A ROWLEY Regis restaurant has cooked up thousands of free meals for NHS staff on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19.

The Fourways has been delivering meals to staff at Russells Hall Hospital, Rowley Regis Hospital, Sandwell General Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Children's Hospital and district nurses amongst others.

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Owner Amrik Saini has been funding all the meals out of his own pocket since the traditional Indian restaurant on Portway Hill closed temporarily on March 19.

The 42-year-old married father-of-two (pictured top right) and his brother Pindu Johal (pictured top left) - helped by a small band of five volunteers - are taking 150 meals to staff at Russells Hall Hospital every day.

They give out around 300 free meals a day in total and have been doing so for the last three weeks.

Amrik, who started the restaurant a decade ago, said: "We wanted to look after the NHS staff - they are doing such a great job.

"We have had a really positive response.

"The quality of our food and our hygiene is top notch.

"It's difficult financially at the moment - but it's the same for everyone."

The restaurant has the top hygiene rating - five stars - from Sandwell Council.

It had between eight and ten part and full-time staff who Amrik plans to re-employ when the coronavirus crisis restrictions are lifted.

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