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Havering Heroes – local businesses answer call for PPE in force

Published: Thursday, 9 April 2020

From tattoo artists to pre-schools, businesses across the borough have responded to Havering Council’s urgent request for personal protective equipment (PPE) to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

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Thousands of items such as plastic aprons, bottles of hand sanitizer and latex gloves are amongst the equipment generously donated to the Council to support volunteers.

The Lucky 7 tattoo shop in Romford has donated approximately 700 latex gloves and 100 aprons, whilst Sharp Group Skips have given 160 eye goggles and 1000 masks. The Cottage Pre-School in Rainham has also provided three cases of vinyl disposable gloves, equalling 3000 pairs, and an additional 2000 aprons.

The donated equipment will be distributed to Havering volunteers and carers who are giving up their time to help deliver vital supplies, such as food and medicines, to vulnerable residents in the borough. Any clinical-grade equipment will be given directly to local NHS services.

In addition to equipment that has been donated, several businesses have come forward with supplier contacts and offers, opening up new routes for the Council to purchase much-needed supplies at fair prices.

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“Once again, I am bowled over by the unprecedented level of support and generosity from our community. Following the huge number of volunteer sign-ups, it is incredible to see local businesses, many of whom are struggling financially in the crisis, volunteer their time and supplies to help us combat COVID-19 and save lives.

“This crisis is far from over, and we are going to need all of the help we can get in the coming weeks. If you run a business and are able to spare PPE, or have access to supply chains for more equipment, please get in touch.

“I have never been more proud of this borough, its people, and its businesses. To those who have already donated - on behalf of Havering Council, and all of our staff and volunteers who are working diligently, thank you.”