Peterborough housebuilder donates protective kit to NHS to help fight against coronavirus

A Peterborough housebuilder has donated its stock of protective gear to teh NHS to help front line medics deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4:50 am

Staff at Persimmon’s local office in Peterborough have gathered all of the spare PPE normally used on building sites and handed it over to be utilised by doctors and nurses on the frontline as the battle against Covid-19 intensifies.

The NHS is in desperate need of all safety gear due to a global shortage, forcing some hospitals to try and source equipment independently to keep employees safe from infection.

Nick Phillips, director in charge of Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to step up and donate this much-needed equipment.

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The firm has donated kit across the country

“Our NHS is doing a tremendous job in this fight against coronavirus. We all appreciate the work the doctors and nurses are doing to look after people in need and we’re pleased that we can help in this small way. They deserve to be as protected as possible.”

Persimmon Homes has donated PPE equipment to hospitals right across the UK, from Scotland to Cornwall.

The Peterborough kit has been donated to the Royal Derby Hospital

In order to protect the health of its employees, Persimmon has taken the decision to commence an orderly closedown of building work and temporarily close its sales offices across the country.

During the crisis, Persimmon is supporting groups which benefit people aged over-70 with £64,000 of grants every month through its Community Champions scheme.

Community Champions has run since 2015, giving away two grants of £1,000 in each of the company’s 32 operating regions every month.

It has been decided that the money will be targeted at over-70s groups for the foreseeable future.

Applications for Community Champions can be made at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

Nick added: “Persimmon Homes is determined to do whatever we can to help the country through the difficult weeks and months ahead.”

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