Weston Hospicecare launched a social media plea for personal protection equipment on Friday 3 April.

Supporters came to the rescue by either making PPE items or alerting the hospice to suppliers who had stock.

The reaction of the charity’s supporters has meant nurses, doctors and medical professionals have been able to deliver care safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hospice’s clinical team are continuing to deliver care at the inpatient unit at Jackson-Barstow House and remotely in the community with the provision of PPE.

The inpatient unit’s manager Jill Nash says: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the kindness of our amazing supporters.

“Without them, it would have been far more difficult to source PPE which we need to deliver care safely. We are enormously grateful.”

Items donated include scrubs, face masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

The Facebook post which created this incredible reaction has been shown to almost 30,000 people and raised more than £1,700 to help the hospice support the purchase of PPE.

Communications Officer Harry Cardno says: “The reaction we have seen from our social media plea has been absolutely outstanding. I’d like to thank our brilliant supporters.

“We were inundated with offers to help in the comments, in our inboxes and our reception team had their phones ringing off the hook with offers to help too.

“An enormous thank you to everyone who has engaged and stepped up to help us during this incredibly tough time.

“It has made a vital difference across the hospice’s services.”


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