COVID Community spirit ‘heart-warming’
Council and Clinical chiefs have expressed their gratitude to members of the public, local businesses and community groups who have donated items of PPE and supplies to help with the ongoing effort to fight COVID-19.
Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Philip Jackson, Chief Clinical Officer at North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Peter Melton, and NAViGO chief executive, Jane Lewington, said in a joint statement:
“The outpouring of donations that we and the NHS has received in the local area has been truly heart-warming.
“It is great to see that in times of great need, people, businesses and community groups can pull together and work to defeat this virus.
“We have had lots of donations, from food parcels for the vulnerable to pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for key workers, and food and snacks for frontline medical staff.
“People in our communities have scraped together the resources at their disposal to make and donate useful items – one man and his team of friends used their 3D printers to produce and donate hundreds of full face visors for frontline workers.
“These are very trying times and many in our area are finding it difficult – loneliness and isolation, anxiety and fear are commonplace – acts of compassion like these remind us that people care and want to help.”
Associated British Ports (ABP) and Phillips 66 donated quantities of Personal Protective Equipment at the start of the pandemic.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which has a plant in North East Lincs, donated a haul of protective masks and safety glasses to the effort, and BJB Lift Trucks loaned a pallet truck to help with moving supplies around the borough.
Lynes of Lincolnshire Removals & Storage have also been volunteering as part of the effort, using their removal vans to deliver PPE and equipment to where it is needed most.
And that generosity has not stopped at North East Lincolnshire’s borders – a firm in Birmingham donated some 500 protective gowns to St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby.
If you would like to donate any protective clothing or equipment to the COVID-19 relief effort, you can contact the Council at CSSU@nelincs.gov.uk or to donate to North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, contact email@example.com.