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Local community donates personal protective equipment

hand sanitiser gel and masks

Bracknell Forest businesses, community groups, schools and residents have donated hundreds of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) over the past few days after an urgent appeal was launched.

The borough, like most places across the UK and even across the globe, has been running low on key PPE for frontline workers, including care staff. Since an urgent appeal was launched on Friday, the Bracknell Forest community has contributed hundreds of gloves, masks, aprons, and other essential equipment.

Local businesses and community groups that have donated include:

  • Hollywood Nails (Princess Square)
  • EveryDay First Aid
  • Serenity Beauty (Princess Square)
  • Kosnic Lighting
  • Bracknell and District Netball League
  • 3rd Sandhurst Scout Group
  • Crowthorne Village Pre-School

A number of the borough’s schools have also donated goggles, gloves and face masks to the urgent appeal. Schools have also provided more than 650 pairs of safety goggles, 600 aprons, boxes of masks and more than 2,000 over-shoes to Frimley Park Hospital. There are also a number of schools busily producing scrubs for Frimley Park Hospital, with a team of over 20 ‘tailors’ at Garth Hill College.

This urgent appeal is on behalf of frontline workers who are continuing to help some of our most vulnerable residents during the pandemic – this includes domiciliary carers, occupational therapists and social workers as well as health workers.

We are still keen to hear from community groups and businesses, for example beauty and hair salons, dentists and tattoo parlours, which may be able to donate PPE. Community and sporting groups with these items available are also urged to get in touch. If you are able to offer a donation, please email ppe.appeal@bracknell-forest.gov.uk so that collection can be arranged.

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“A big thank you to all the local businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who have donated to our urgent PPE appeal. We are seeing stock come in, but we urgently need more of this equipment, specifically face masks, to make sure that our frontline workers can continue to provide care to our most vulnerable residents.

“This is an international issue and so Bracknell Forest isn’t unique in requesting this essential equipment from the local community. Any equipment we receive will be shared with health organisations and care homes, so please do get in touch if you can help in any way.”

The most urgent items needed are face masks, but any of the following would be gratefully received:

  • surgical masks IIR (fluid resistant)
  • FFP3 masks
  • FFP2 masks
  • coveralls or gowns (disposable)
  • aprons (disposable)
  • gloves (disposable)
  • goggles
  • hand sanitiser
  • clinical waste bags
  • wipes (packs)

PPE for care staff

Changes to government policy this month has made it a requirement for local authorities to source emergency PPE equipment in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic for care homes as well as other care workers. This was previously the responsibility of other organisations. We have worked as quickly as possible within a limited time frame to source appropriate protective equipment.