Urgent plea for personal protective equipment: Can your business help?

Councils and organisations across the county have launched an urgent call for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline key workers.

Workers in hospitals, the police, the fire service, councils and social care firms are continuing their vital work across the region but they are struggling to obtain things like masks and gloves to keep them and vulnerable clients safe from the coronavirus.

Equipment urgently needed includes:

  • Hand sanitiser (at least 60 per cent alcohol based)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable aprons
  • Protective face masks
  • Protective eye goggles
  • Clinical waste bags

Whilst a bulk delivery of PPE has been received from Government, we need to ensure that we have enough of the right PPE available for a sustained period and today are asking for your help to release spare stock or in the creation of new supply lines.

A number of firms have already come forward to offer PPE stock, or to use their facilities and staff to produce the items which are required.

Over recent weeks, technicians at the University of East Anglia have been making up to 170 litres of hand sanitiser gel a day and Norwich-based gin distillery Bullards is also producing sanitising gel. Loddon engineering company Panel Graphic has recently started using its production line which usually produces display enhancement windows to make face visors for front line workers.

Cllr Graham Plant, Norfolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Growing the Economy, said: “Norfolk County Council’s Business Development team have been supporting New Anglia LEP in sourcing PPE equipment for front line workers across Norfolk.”

“It has been wonderful working with the Growth Hub who have acted as the front door for any business offering to help. The Growth Hub have promoted our PPE requirements and then provided NCC with all company offers of support – the system has worked effectively and made our life a lot easier here at Norfolk County Council.”

“We’ve now sourced much of the key NCC PPE kit our front line staff need for the million plus home visits they undertake each year.”

If your business can help, please email jo.ferriss@newanglia.co.uk or use the contact form here.

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