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Steve Rotheram issues "urgent" appeal for protective equipment for key workers

Credit: Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor has launched an urgent call for donations of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for frontline workers.

Steve Rotheram that "dedicated" Local Authority, Fire, Police and Transport staff are amongst the front-line services providing support for the most vulnerable in society who are running out of PPE.

The Combined Authority have said that even with supplies set to arrive from the government there is a concern demand will outstrip supply.

The equipment needed is:

  • Hand sanitiser (at least 70 per cent alcohol based)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable aprons
  • Protective face masks
  • Protective eye goggles
  • Protective gowns
  • Clinical waste bags

10,000 businesses and community organisation are being asked if they can help in any way.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: "Our key workers in local authorities, the fire and police services and public transport are on the frontline in tackling coronavirus, often supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"We have a responsibility to protect these staff, and the vulnerable people they support, with the right PPE, but this is now in dangerously short supply across the region as demand continues to out-strip supply.

"That is why we are taking this unprecedented step to ask businesses and community organisations if they can help with any supplies of PPE – either by donating any supplies they can spare or on a commercial basis."

The call was issued by Growth Platform, the Liverpool City Region’s growth company, that works with thousands of businesses across the City Region.

Mark Basnett, Managing Director of Growth Platform said: "We know that many of our businesses are doing everything they can to help, while they are themselves experiencing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus crisis.

"The hope is that those that can will be able to help with PPE supplies to support frontline workers at this time."

If you can help, please urgently contact: https://growthplatform.org/ppe-suppliers/

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