Following an appeal by the local NHS to the public for donations of unwanted or unused Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a number of organisations have come together to produce an astonishing 197,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for frontline staff across Pennine Lancashire.
The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF), Amphorea Packaging Ltd in Hyde, ALPLA UK Limited in Warrington and Haslingden High School all pitched in with various donations of goods and help.
The alcogel which had been purchased by the LRF was decanted into bottles donated by ALPLA UK Limited topped off by the bottle tops gifted by Amphorea Packaging Ltd. This was all donated free of charge.
All of this was made possible by staff at Haslingden High School who worked extremely hard to decant 4,000 litres of alcogel into the bottles. The school gathered a team of science technicians and school staff who carried out the laborious decanting procedure in their science labs.
Russ Clarke, Deputy Head at Haslingden High School, said: “Since the government announced the closures of schools for all but vulnerable students and those whose parents are key workers, we have been keen to support our NHS staff and key workers in any way possible. Members of staff have given their time and expertise to produce over 2000 protective visors for those working on the frontline and we saw this as a further opportunity to help in the fight against coronavirus.
“As a school we felt that we could offer a suitable environment for the alcogel to be bottled and also a very willing and capable science team to oversee the process in school. We are delighted that these vital PPE resources will be making their way to those that need them most.”
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialised clothing or equipment worn by employees for protection against health and safety hazards. PPE such as surgical gloves, protective aprons and surgical masks and visors are now needed more than ever by health workers and first responders needing to protect themselves and patients during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Roy Miller, Managing Director at Amphorea Packaging Ltd said: “It’s important that, if they can of course, every individual and organisation helps during this period of crisis. We as a company were pleased to be able to contribute to the NHS efforts in the region.”
NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are hopeful that these donations will encourage other businesses to follow in their footsteps and donate more unused or unwanted PPE where possible.
Alex Walker, Director of Performance and Delivery at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the LRF, Amphorea Packaging Ltd, ALPLA UK Limited and Haslingden High School for generously donating their time and resources in the provision of these hand gels. These are challenging times and the NHS, health and care staff across Pennine Lancashire need an inordinate amount of PPE so any other donations are welcome and well received. Thank you to those businesses and organisations involved for their generosity and support.”
Pennine Lancashire businesses who are able to help us in any way, or know of any organisations who can, can email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 644623.