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Sunderland businesses deliver vital PPE to frontline workers

Sunderland businesses are coming together to donate vital supplies to care workers, after appeals were made for PPE for front-line staff. 

Power Roll Limited, based at the Washington Business Centre, has developed and proven a unique and patented way to generate and store energy with many global applications. The company has donated 50 hazmat suits, which will be used by front-line workers who are working in the community, often with vulnerable members of society.

The seven-year-old business, which has been closed since the Government imposed a lock-down more than two weeks ago, has also handed over boxes of disposable gloves and high-spec face masks to ensure that adult social care professionals in Sunderland are able to deliver support to residents and stay protected at work. 

Neil Spann, managing director of the business, which employs more than 20 people, said: “This is a difficult time for all of us, but is a time where we need to come together as a community. We are delighted to be able to help front line workers with this PPE. A number of our team have also signed up to be volunteers.”

Matrix Health Services, which has a team of specialist surgeons who provide NHS treatment to patients at centres throughout the northern region, has also pledged to donate a supply of masks, gloves and aprons to the council as it steps up protection for staff working in the community.

Allan Stirrat a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the firm, said: "Matrix Health is pleased to donate all of our masks, gloves, aprons and surgical gowns for the use of Sunderland's healthcare workers.”

Sunderland City Council had put a call out to businesses across the city to help it source equipment needed to support its staff, and the residents they interact with, this morning, and businesses have been fast to respond.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We are determined to ensure that we protect the most vulnerable people in this city as best as we can, and our team of social workers are absolutely steadfast in their commitment to get to those who need support. 

“We, of course, want to support our team to do this safely, and we are incredibly grateful to businesses that have come forward to offer their support and equipment during this challenging time.  The collaboration and community spirit that is coming to the fore during this crisis is something I think will live very long in the memory of everybody, and it is this spirit that will pull us through the days and weeks ahead as we battle the Coronavirus pandemic.”