Scott Maslen was left choked up after a frontline worker for the NHS thanked him for making them meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
The EastEnders star has been using the new-found time he has since production stopped on the soap due to the pandemic to cook delicious meals for the frontline staff battling the deadly virus.
He joined Alex Jones on The One Show to talk about what he has been doing, but Alex surprised him with a video message from one of the nurses who has been enjoying the meals he has made.
She told Scott, who plays Jack Branning on the BBC One soap: ‘Hello Scott, may name is Mary. and I’m one of the nurses at Highgate Mental Health Centre.
‘You can imagine my surprise when I heard that you are the secret chef preparing the Shepherd’s Pie we have been receiving.
‘We say thank you to you and your You Donate We Deliver team for your love and thoughtfulness. God bless you all, but keep the Shepherd’s Pie coming!’
Scott was left having to compose himself after being so touched by the message, telling the hosts: ‘Oh my god. They’re amazing people and you know what – sorry about this – they’re amazing people and they need help.
‘They’re helping in a time where a lot of people are in deep need so it’s an overriding emotion. I really enjoy doing it, it’s hard work but it’s nothing compared to what they’re doing.’
The actor has been keeping fans updated with what he has been doing, sharing videos of him whipping up meals for his local hospitals’ staff.
After seeing many NHS workers struggling to buy food at supermarkets due to shelves being stripped by panic buyers, he wanted to help out and give them some hot meals to enjoy during their shift.
He told his followers: ‘I’m involved with initiative @youdonatewedeliver helping my local community in North London.
‘I’ll be cooking meals for @nhsenglandldn #royalfree hospital and will film all the locals donating and helping along the way!
‘A big thank you to everyone who helped out in making this happen !!!take a bow you lovely people.’
Scott has been batch cooking 100 meals at a time which are then delivered to frontline medics to ensure they get something nice to eat during their busy shifts.
Since the lockdown began, EastEnders episodes have been rationed to two per week on a Monday and Tuesday night instead of the usual four episodes to eke out the ones that had been recorded prior to lockdown beginning.
Production had to be halted due to social distancing regulations, and it is not yet known when full service will resume now lockdown measures have begun to be eased.
The One Show airs weeknights on BBC One from 7pm. Eastenders is currently on Monday nights from 8pm and Tuesday nights from 7.30pm.
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