A group of medical, ex-military and procurement experts have come together to donate more than 1,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to a care home in Mere.
UK Mask Force (UKMF), along with one of their ambassadors, renowned actress Ruth Wilson – who starrs in ‘Luther’ and whose parents live in Mere – delivered the PPE on Monday 8 June to Caroline Nicholson, manager of Bramley House residential care home.
Caroline said: ‘We are currently required to accommodate an increasing number of residents from the local community. This has led to our having difficulties in securing consistently adequate supplies of PPE to protect our frontline health care workers, and we are immensely grateful for this timely donation.’
Newly appointed UKMF Ambassador, actress Ruth Wilson, said: ‘I fully support the ambitious vision of UK Mask Force to raise funds for the procurement and delivery of reliable PPE to many neglected health care workers who are starved of supplies and funding.’
Antony Sainthill, director said: ‘Many are very concerned for our frontline health care workers, and a lot of “fake” protective equipment is being ordered directly or indirectly from overseas.
‘With many contacts in the medical, military, procurement and logistics professions, we wanted to deliver a coordinated response to help hospitals, nursing homes and care providers with the right quality and quantity of PPE.
‘Just £10 covers the manufacture and transportation of up to 16 surgical masks or 5 high spec FFP2 masks. So we need the public and businesses to donate and help our heroes on the frontline. We cannot thank those enough, who have already got behind this incredible cause.’
So far the not-for-profit have delivered more than 12,000 masks and sanitisers to various health facilities across the UK and have the support of regional businesses and other renown ambassadors such as Reading FC Captain Liam Moore, who made a PPE delivery to Royal Berkshire Hospital just last week.
Dr Abraze Khalique, medical advisor at UKMF added: ‘One of the biggest faults is poorly fitting masks. But we have people throughout the supply chain who can confidently source masks which are compliant with all relevant legislation. Prevention is critical in reducing unnecessary deaths and overcrowding in intensive care units and other health care facilities.
‘We will continue to source as much PPE as we can and give it to those who need it most across the UK.’