Yet the heartening thing we are witnessing, is the pulling together and resilience of individuals and companies everywhere. All doing their bit during one of the most unparalleled events we have ever known.
Not least that is, some of our very own clients, who have been diversifying, donating, and doing what they can to keep this country moving forward. We are immensely proud to share a few of these stories with you.
A bit of light reliefTrtl, a Glasgow based client, who are a retailer of travel based goods, have donated 5,000 pairs of compression socks to the local NHS. The aim being that over-worked nurses and medical staff who spend most of their shift on their feet, will use the socks to help ease the strain. They have also pledged to give away a further 5,000 to nurses working in London hospitals, who are also under great strain.
Keeping things moving
Cramlington-based Moody Logistics and Storage, has joined over 700 logistics businesses, all members of the UK’s eight major Pallet networks, to put their combined fleet of 23,500 vehicles at the government’s disposal. Caroline Moody, Managing Director at Moody Logistics and Storage, said: “We are proud to play our part in this unique collaboration as the entire UK industry joins forces to transport the most vital supplies.”
On the front lineA large pharma business client, has generously arranged for some of their highly qualified researchers to volunteer to assist at local hospitals for testing patients and assisting front line staff, providing an essential service.
Making a differenceThermatic Technical FM, is a HVACR and drainage solutions client based in Manchester. One of their service engineers based in Wales, John Pullen, purchased a 3D printer in order to create visors and respirators for his wife’s care home. This was due to their lack of available PPE. He has also joined a print farming network to help make them for the NHS, whilst continuing to provide essential care and maintenance to his clients.
Diversifying for the cause
Scottish based client ICL Tech, a plastics manufacturer, has also ramped up its efforts to provide visors for NHS staff. ICL Tech normally provides plastics for the transport, oil and gas and financial sectors. They have diversified operations in order to accommodate NHS needs, and has recently received their CE certification in order to continue efforts. They are currently shipping around 3,000 visors a day!
The manufacturer will also be making reception/ward partition sneeze guards, and shortly a full hood visor, gowns and other supplementary PPE products.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a London based independent funder working to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, has stepped up to the plate by announcing £20million in emergency funding to support the charitable sector.
This includes donations totalling £1million to two emergency funds –
- The National Emergencies Trust, which is awarding grants to support communities made most vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak, through a network of community foundations,
- The London Community Response Fund, a pooled fund to support voluntary organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty in the capital, enabling them to fulfil their missions to help.
Food for thought
Rogan & Co, a Cumbria based Michelin star restaurant, has recently delivered 1,000 free meals to Barrow Hospital. They have also been preparing meals for home delivery in the local area at £5 each. The meals cost £2.50 to make, so with the rest they then provide free meals for vulnerable families in the local area. Owner and chef, Simon Rogan, who owns both Rogan and Co and L’Enclume in the Lakes, says, “We’ve been in the Lakes for 18 years and I owe the local people everything, I cannot turn my back on them.”
We know that there are a great many more clients and individuals all out there doing their bit to help at this challenging time. We are only sorry we can’t mention them all! Our clients are extraordinary, and we hope that sharing some of these stories can help serve as a little inspiration to you.