Demolition Firms Give PPE to Medics and Call For More Donations

Demolition Firms Give PPE to Medics and Call for More Donations

Demolition firms Cantillon and De Group have launched an industry-wide campaign asking for firms to donate spare PPE to the NHS.

The companies are calling for the industry to contribute masks, overalls, gloves and glasses to support health workers. Cantillon managing director Paul Cluskey told Construction News the donation drive started last week after he was made aware that supplies were running low at Charing Cross Hospital in London. The firm then delivered 1,500 masks, 300 pairs of overalls as well as glasses and gloves.

Since then, a website has been launched to organise and distribute donations. Cluskey said the feedback from beneficiaries has been very positive but more donations are needed following an increase in requests over the weekend, and he is changing the approach by focusing donations on non-hospital settings.

He said: “We are not criticising the government or the NHS, we think they are doing a fantastic job. But the simple fact of the matter is that, logistically, it is a huge task to feed the PPE where it needs to be.

“They are prioritising getting PPE to the hospitals, which we all expect and understand. Where we think we can help are those areas beyond the hospitals – the GP practices and the care homes, hospices – these people are all crying out for help at the moment.

“No donation is too small if every business in the construction industry offered 10 bits of PPE, then we would have more than ample to help in the effort.”

Original Source: Construction News, Demolition firms give PPE to medics and call for more donations, 23rd March 2020. Read the full article here.

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