22nd April 2020
Hand made for heroes
Responding to the extreme shortage of PPE for the county’s dedicated frontline workers, Surrey County Council is appealing urgently for skilled volunteers to help supply gowns, aprons and masks, made to a specification from Public Health England. Anyone who can offer urgent assistance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org Surrey CC is also asking businesses to email offers of support.
The Meath Epilepsy Charity needed scrubs for its frontline care workers and has seamstresses volunteering to make them, to stringent NHS specifications. With no scrub material available, The Meath asked supporters to donate cotton/cotton mix bedding. Due to the outstanding response, within 72 hours it had received hundreds of offers from the public and so the Appeal was closed
Following the government announcement on 17th April 2020 that there is now an extreme shortage of PPE, Surrey County Council is urgently appealing for volunteers to help supply items for Surrey’s frontline workers.
With demand for PPE nationally and globally reaching unprecedented levels, social workers, care home staff, volunteers and others need items such as gowns, aprons and masks which skilled volunteers may be able to assist with, based on a Public Health England standard.
Anyone who can offer assistance is asked to get in touch as soon as possible via email@example.com Surrey County Council is stressing that all items will need to be made to a specification outlined by Public Health England. Please get in touch to discuss how you can help and we will then provide this ASAP.
Surrey County Council would still welcome contact from businesses that are able to support and would also encourage them to email directly with any offers of support.
Leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver said: “As a county council we continue to do all we can to source more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers to ensure they have the right protection against Covid-19, but there is simply not enough supply coming into the county, indeed nationally, and this situation is now very urgent indeed.
“That is why we are now appealing to the wealth of skilled and talented people across the county – from university students to business owners and seamstresses, who may be able to assist us in producing personal protective equipment, such as gowns and masks. This is a time when so many communities are pulling together. I hope the public will hear our call and come to our aid so we can do all we can to protect our frontline workers who are working so tirelessly on our behalf.”
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