Thurrock resident is helping supply hospitals with PPE

By Local Democracy Reporter

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A THURROCK resident has taken it upon herself to help supply frontline health workers with much needed PPE by sourcing it from local businesses.

Joy Hughes, who has a daughter working as a ward sister at Thurrock Community Hospital, has been contacting organisations across the borough to obtain a supply of protective equipment that will help workers treating Covid-19 patients.

She explained that it was the fear for her daughter’s safety that inspired her to act.

“My daughter’s ward started looking after Covid-19 patients at the beginning of April and I was terrified for her safety,” she said.

“They only had very basic PPE, standard face masks, aprons and gloves.”

Her initial attempts to get the equipment were not as successful as she hoped so, managing to find only goggles and ear protectors, but she later began working with Labour Councillor Sara Muldowney.

Between them they sourced over 300 fluid resistant coveralls, 150 safety googles, hundreds of high-grade face masks and a “steady supply” of face visors.

The supplies have gone to Thurrock Hospital, Orsett Hospital, high dependency wards at Basildon and to carers working in the community and local first responders.

Among the companies to help were SMH products in Braintree, Delphini at Tilbury Docks and T&S Environmental in Tilbury.

Ms Muldowney said: “Joy has been an absolute inspiration and is a great example of the spirit of ordinary people in Thurrock, with their determination to make a practical difference and support our wonderful NHS and care staff.

“I am proud to say that there are many other local groups helping out around the borough.

“It just goes to show how much untapped potential there is in our local communities and what local people can achieve when they come together to work towards a common goal.”

Their efforts come as debate of the government’s handling of PPE supplies has come under close scrutiny, with several British companies claiming their offers to provide PPE have been ignored.

Other problems have seen the shipments being delayed or deliveries providing less than what had been expected.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price gave reassurances earlier this month that the amount of equipment was “sufficient” and promised to campaign for more if the borough needed it.

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