‘Incredible response’ to appeal for protective equipment for York’s frontline workerslead

Goggles and masks are among the items needed. Photograph: peakpx.com
15 Apr 2020 @ 10.39 pm
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A croquet club, a cat café and a dental practice are among city businesses which have responded to an appeal for personal protective equipment (PPE).

City of York Council leaders have thanked 15 businesses and groups who responded to the authority’s request for them to share unused PPE with essential frontline workers.

The council had appealed to both the government and local businesses for any spare equipment to support the city’s care workers. 

Although care teams currently have sufficient PPE, stocks nationally are running low, and priority is being given to NHS staff.

Doing a dangerous job

Cllr Keith Aspden

Hairdressers, plasterers and nail bars have also donated to the cause.

Council leader Keith Aspden said: “I would like to thank local groups and businesses for their incredible response to our call for additional PPE and we are immensely grateful for what you have given us.

“I have made the case to the government that additional PPE equipment is urgently needed for our adult social care sector and they must provide assurances about ongoing supplies for the weeks ahead.”

He added:

  • Social care is at the frontline of the coronavrius outbreak and I know that in York, our staff are doing an incredible job in extremely difficult circumstances.

    They are, of course, also doing a dangerous job, putting themselves at risk to protect those most vulnerable.

    We must prioritise their safety, alongside the safety of those that they are supporting.

The items of PPE needed are disposable plastic aprons, gloves, black bags, masks, eye protection goggles, alcohol based hand sanitiser and hard surface wipes.

Anyone who thinks they may have useful PPE should email [email protected]