Charities and businesses benefit from PPE donation

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries, Culture and Heritage; Project Manager at St Helens Borough Council Cathryn White; Justin Hill, chairman of Halton and St Helens VCA and chief executive officer at St Helens YMCA; St Helens Borough Council Leader Councillor David Baines and Ann-Marie Lawrenson from Halton and St Helens VCA wih the PPE donated to charities from St Helens Borough Council

Charities supporting communities across St Helens Borough have benefitted from a new donation of PPE.

The donation from St Helens Borough Council comes as it also repaid a business who had stepped in early on in the Coronavirus pandemic with donations of their own PPE.

Barrow Street Dental Practice made generous donations of PPE to help support the front-line workers as the outbreak began.

A spokesperson for St Helens Borough Council said “We are so grateful for the donation from Barrow Street Dentist who put the needs of others first and generously gave what they could as we started the task of pulling together vital equipment for our frontline workers. Thanks to the work of a partnership task force we have been able to repay the gratitude they showed us by giving supplies back as they continue to establish their important work supporting the health of our communities.”

The charity donation has been made to Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (HSHVCA) who will distribute the PPE supplies to those charities that have been providing help for communities across the borough since the start of the outbreak in March.

Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive Officer at HSHVCA said: “Groups have struggled to get consistent access to PPE and on behalf of them we would like to say a huge thanks to the Council for this donation and the support they have given the sector the past 12 weeks. The donation will enable those local groups and people delivering as part of the St Helens Together response to continue to keep them safe whilst delivering vital services.”

Those groups who are working with rough sleepers, providing access to food as part of the Community Response will receive priority, but If you are working in your local community to support people with Covid-19 you can contact Annie Lawrenson by emailing alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call 01744 457100 to see if they can help with access to PPE.

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