Carers Trust corporate partners come together to support unpaid carers with PPE deliveries
At Carers Trust, we are delighted to work in partnership with companies who raise funds to support unpaid carers. Through the pandemic, we were impressed with our partners’ dedication and generosity, going above and beyond a traditional fundraising partnership.
In June, two of our partners came together to solve one of our most pressing challenges: delivering PPE to our Network of local carers services so that they can safely support unpaid carers and the people they care for through home visits.
NRS Healthcare, a community equipment provider, generously donated 48,000 pieces of PPE from their supplier Urathon, to ensure unpaid carers and their loved ones could continue to be supported with home care visits.
“We are delighted to have made this donation of 48,000 masks, in collaboration with our supplier Urathon, to Carers Trust as part of our ongoing partnership with them. As a large proportion of the people we deal with daily are those family members and friends who provide unpaid care to the users of our equipment and services, we appreciate the increased pressure they have faced since the outbreak of COVID-19. We sincerely hope this donation of masks will help them, and those they care for, stay safe and well through these challenging times and we’re really proud to have been a part of such a huge team effort.”
Alexandra Lomas, Customer Engagement Manager at NRS Healthcare.
NHS Property Services, a property and facilities management company for the NHS, had 11 employees volunteer their time away from their usual roles in Finance, Health and Safety and more to deliver this PPE to our Network Partners who urgently needed it.
“Over the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working hard to ensure all of our operational colleagues have the PPE they need to deliver the essential frontline services we provide for the NHS. It's been great to be able to use our infrastructure and learnings from this distribution to support our charity partner, Carers Trust, ensuring that carers across the country are protected while taking care of their friends and family.”
Cameron Hawkins, Head of Environment at NHS Property Services.
With the Coronavirus pandemic putting greater pressure on unpaid carers, who cannot access essential support services provided by our regulated Network Partners, this PPE delivery could not have come at a better time.
Welcoming the delivery of 2,000 face masks, Nathaniel Bee, CEO of Carers Trust Mid-Yorkshire, said: “The need for PPE is huge at the moment, the increased use and circumstances under which we do has put considerable strain on budgets. Your donation of face masks helps alleviate this and ensures that we are providing the best support, as safely as possible”.
Reflecting on the additional challenges that unpaid carers are currently facing, CEO of Carers Trust, Gareth Howells, said: “For many unpaid carers, a weekly visit from a paid care worker from one of Carers Trust regulated partners is a real lifeline. It gives the unpaid family carer a few precious hours of respite from the constant pressure of caring, as well as time to meet friends and get to the shops. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus and the risk of transmission, these respite visits have been impossible unless the paid care worker had PPE equipment to make the visit safe.
So we are hugely grateful to NRS Healthcare for supplying the PPE that has meant our regulated partners have been able to continue their home visits, and to NHS Property Services for getting the equipment to the Carers Trust Network Partners that needed it.”