A pair of restaurants are delivering hundreds of pizzas to NHS staff on the frontline against Covid-19, paid for by customer donations.

Simon Leaver, 52, and Theo Lewis, 37, who own Theo’s Pizzerias in Camberwell and Elephant and Castle, started delivering free food in late April to show their appreciation of the “heroic” staff at King’s College Hospital.

At first they paid for the pizzas themselves, but then they began asking customers if they wanted to donate money on top of their orders — raising £6,000.

All the money goes on ingredients. So far more than 1,000 pizzas have been delivered and the money raised will provide 30 pizzas a day for months.

Mr Leaver said: “We’re so grateful to the local community for backing us.

“We had initially started this on our own and from our own pockets but after we let the public know how they could get involved, almost every customer that walked past the shop came in to donate.”