Here in Leeds North West we’ve been taking the PPE crisis into our own hands – procuring and delivering thousands of facemasks, visors and other much needed personal protective equipment to care homes, GP practices and hospices.
We’ve even been assisted in delivery by Kaiser Chief’s bassist and Leeds resident Simon Rix!
Having exhausted attempts to pressure the Government into providing the required amount of equipment to the care sector, I asked the public to get in touch with any PPE they can acquire and then delivered it to care homes, hospices and GP practices. I’ve also been helping Otley foodbank with its deliveries.
Lots of people have been in touch offering PPE. One north Leeds businessperson, who trades with Vietnam, managed to supply 5,000 facemasks; a department of Leeds University gathered in PPE supplies from Chinese students whose families sent over masks to help; a couple with links to a paragliding company in Austria provided gowns; and individuals have produced visors working from workshops.
It was frustrating waiting for the Government to act, and too often the supply chains to the care sector were jammed or have fallen apart all together. The famed ‘bulk drops’ to resilience forums have not ended up with the care sector getting the PPE they need. So we thought we would act ourselves, asking the public for donations. We have had a brilliant response.
We are in constant communication with our care homes, GPs and hospices and have delivered thousands of pieces directly and continue to do so. It is disappointing that we are having to do the work of a responsible Government.