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Gravesend firm offer free car wash service for NHS staff

Gravesend car valet firm, EDS, have been offering a free car wash to all NHS staff at Darent Valley Hospital today.

The company set up at the hospital in Dartford at 9am this morning and are working until 4pm, with staff and volunteers washing cars all day.

On the EDS Facebook page ahead of today’s fundraiser the company said: “Ok so tomorrows the day, we will be at Darent valley hospital from 9-4 with a free carwash setup. This is for ALL NHS staff to use. Just drive up and we will wash the outside of your car for free. We will be setup in the accommodation carpark behind the main hospital. Hope to see you all tomorrow.”

The company have also set up a Just Giving site for anybody to make donations to NHS charities. The company have so far raised £300 of their £1,000 target.

EDS owner Eddie Armstrong said he had been helped by volunteers who provided chemicals and washing equipment.

He told Kent Online “We started at 8.45am and we’re on about 150 cars, and we’ve done some ambulances as well.

“We wanted to give something back. It’s not just what’s happening with Covid-19. I lost two people last year and I lost a friend last week, and all of them were at Darent Valley. The staff do a really good job.

“As a car washing company it’s the least we can do.

“It’s putting smiles on people’s faces. None of them have got any time to wash their own cars and there’s no car washes open.”