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Lawyer launches £100,000 PPE appeal

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DONATIONS are being sought to help buy ‘urgently needed’ personal protective equipment for Jersey healthcare staff and volunteers asked to come forward to make surgical masks and visors to protect vulnerable staff.

Bella Ward (27912102)

Lawyer and campaigner Bella Ward and Katie Toates, the daughter of GP Dr Nigel Minihane, said that after putting out a recent appeal on Facebook they had been ‘inundated’ with requests for help by agencies and nursing homes with ‘limited supplies’ of protective equipment for frontline workers.

The pair have launched a justgiving page aiming to raise £100,000 to buy medical ‘PPE’ for Jersey care homes and essential workers who are not receiving government or parish funds during the crisis.

They have also co-ordinated an initiative to put together makeshift cotton masks and visors for under-equipped staff.

A statement released by the pair says: ‘It has been brought to our attention that there are many agencies and nursing homes with extremely limited or no supply of PPE.

‘Many care home workers and families of GPs have been making 100% cotton surgical masks and temporary visors to help protect our frontline workers whilst they wait for PPE.

‘We are starting to get volunteers to sew cotton surgical face masks to give to care agencies and frontline essential workers.’

Miss Ward said that as well as donating money Islanders can play their part by helping make the makeshift masks and visors or by donating materials.

‘Katie and I are being inundated with requests on Facebook for providing surgical masks and visors,’ she said.

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‘We have appealed to the public and local businesses to donate to our fundraiser, supply 100% cotton (even if old sheets etc) or visor materials and help sew the masks and visors.’

She added that the pair needed to find out ‘who needs PPE urgently’ and who would be willing to help sew the masks and visors together.

Tim De Gruchy of fetch.je has agreed to help distribute the face masks.

Last month, Miss Ward launched a gofundme page which has raised more than £9,000 for the Care Hub to buy remote monitoring equipment to help GPs social-distance themselves from self-isolating patients.

An order for ten units has now been placed.

The latest fundraiser webpage can be found at justgiving.com HERE.

Ian Heath

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