Demolition services provider Cantillon and contractor DE Group have launched the Contractors Appeal, in order to reach out to their competitors, peers and partners for donations of masks, overalls, glasses and gloves.
To date equipment donated is estimated to exceed 100,000 items of varying PPE, which has been delivered directly to five ITU Units, as well as supplying direct requests from funeral directors to hospices, medical practices to care homes. Building on this work, a collaborative SHIELD has been founded, which is 3D printing visors and sewing scrubs, entirely funded by donations and staffed by volunteers. More information on SHIELD can be found at www.shieldproject.org . The distribution and collection of PPE is through NEAD www.thenead.co.uk database. SHIELD has agreed the logistical support of DHL and Parcel Force which allows distribution from its hub in London to anywhere in the UK for free or minimal cost.
The Warrington depot of the UK infrastructure contractor Colas donated personal protective equipment for local frontline care workers. The donation was made in line with the firm’s ongoing action of providing additional personal protection equipment for risk-assessed activities to ensure the country’s roads and railways remain safe for key workers to travel.
National rail infrastructure maintenance firm, QTS Group, has pledged further support during the COVID-19 crisis by donating protective eyewear to NHS frontline workers. In partnership with Network Rail Scotland’s Works Delivery team, QTS has donated 40 pairs of Bolle safety glasses, plus additional boxes of safety goggles, to the Adult Theatre team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. In addition, QTS has joined 3D Crowd, a group of almost 5,000 volunteers around the UK who are using 3D printers to supply face shields for NHS staff.
LLW Repository Ltd
LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) has made a second major donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support the NHS’s battle against COVID-19 in Cumbria.Following an initial donation of 560 all-in-one protective suits to LLWR’s local North West Ambulance Service Station in Egremont last week, the company has delivered an even larger consignment to the Cumbria Local Resilience Forum at Lillyhall. A further 733 protective suits, 1,800 pairs of gloves and 89 face masks and respirators were handed over at the Forum’s Distribution Centre. Gary Cunningham, LLWR’s Head of Operations, thanked members of the company’s workforce who turned out at the Repository Site to support this effort, adding: “The suits we donated to NW Ambulance Service last week were operational stock. “But this latest donation required us to think very carefully about how much more PPE we could provide, while retaining enough to deal with any emergency that might arise at LLWR. The team had to comb the site, checking every building and storage area to confirm our PPE inventory was correct before separating out the majority of it ready for donation.”
Mid-Sussex Timber (MST)
A family-run timber and building materials merchant in Sussex has donated much-needed personal protective equipment to NHS staff. Mid-Sussex Timber (MST), which celebrated its 90th anniversary of trading last year, has provided a range of items, including goggles, safety glasses and face masks, in a bid to tackle the shortages faced in the healthcare sector.
Bradfords Building Supplies
Bradfords Building Supplies has donated vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare professionals across the South West. The company has provided equipment including eye protection and face masks in a bid to tackle the shortages faced in the healthcare sector.
Bradfords Building Supplies, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, orchestrated a response from the 45 stores across its network, in line with a national appeal from Construction Leadership Council member, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Galliard Homes, London's largest privately owned developer have been actively donating PPE to NHS staff and key workers. They have been working with the Galliard team to donate PPE to charities and organisations that have a close association with the company’s ethos and community.
PPE stocks have so far been sent to:
MP Moran Builders & Plumbers Merchants
Bart Murphy has taken huge strides forward to get much-needed PPE equipment out to healthcare professionals. Four weeks after launching his appeal, the Operations Director of London-based MP Moran Builders and Plumbers Merchants has overseen the donation of almost 18,000 items of PPE to 12 hospitals, trusts and charities. A GoFundMe page ‘Support our NHS Heroes’ has been set up by Bart to continue to raise money to purchase even more PPE for the NHS.
Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv) continue to deliver the Enabling Works South contract on behalf of High Speed 2 Ltd. Staff recently donated supplies of PPE to the NHS. A range of items including masks, protective overalls, overshoes and goggles were all delivered to the nearby University College London Hospital.
QIH (Quinn Building Products and Quinn Packaging) has donated its stocks of vital PPE to health care workers on the front line. More than one thousand units of PPE equipment, including masks, Tyvek suits, nitrile gloves and safety glasses have been provided to Cavan General Hospital, South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and to a number of local community care providers. QIH has also been able to source a consignment of surgical masks from its suppliers to donate to the healthcare sector.
Mark Vitow Ltd
A distributor of plumbing and allied products has stepped in to donate hundreds of items of PPE stocks to support healthcare professionals.
Mark Vitow Ltd has delivered more than 500 face masks to residential and nursing homes and care providers across the UK. The company made the donation through the online initiative #FindTheMasks, which is led by a global team of volunteers – supported by sponsors including Google – who are working to build a comprehensive database of PPE needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Vitow has also provided masks to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance for their crew. Mark Vitow Ltd recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary and has grown into one of the leading distributors of plumbing, heating and bathroom supplies. Based in Hertfordshire, the family-run business supplies plumbing and heating merchants across the UK.
Polypipe Building Products
Polypipe Building Products, the market leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage solutions, has been doing everything it can to help communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As well as fulfilling essential orders, Polypipe donated half a tonne of polypropylene to students at Bradfield Technology College who have used the material to manufacture more than 12,000 visors for health care workers so far. Another 500 kilograms of polypropylene was donated to the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC), in Northamptonshire, to manufacture crucial supplies of equipment for frontline healthcare workers across Northamptonshire. The Silverstone site was crafting supplies that were then donated to care homes, hospitals and community services in Northamptonshire and medical staff from the armed forces. Working with their supply chain partners Polypipe also organised protective equipment donations and collections from other local businesses which included thousands of plastic aprons for the Doncaster South primary care network which covers 43 practices across Doncaster.