23rd September 2020

Cleveland Clinic London project team makes PPE donation

As demand for PPE soars, our Cleveland Clinic project team help out by donating to voluntary organisations in the Westminster area.

Six Westminster voluntary and community organisations have received a share of personal protective equipment (PPE) donated by Cleveland Clinic London and its construction team, which is led by Sir Robert McAlpine as construction manager.

Age UK Westminster, the Cardinal Hume Centre, the Abbey Centre, Paddington Development Trust, Active Westminster and Age Concern all received a share of the PPE which included over 5,000 face masks, 10,500 gloves and 99 litres of hand sanitiser.

The organisations have been at the heart of the emergency response in the city, supporting vulnerable or in-need residents. The PPE will help ensure that their frontline teams are able to continue their work with their service users.

Cleveland Clinic London, which is currently under construction, delivered the PPE to City Hall where it was distributed to the voluntary and community organisations by Westminster Connects – the council’s service to coordinate volunteers with those who need help.

This project is a great example of Westminster’s business and voluntary and community sectors coming together to support the city’s most vulnerable residents. Two of the organisations explained how the PPE donation has allowed them to continue their work with residents across the city.

Cllr Mark Shearer Lead Member for Westminster Connects

Hilary Nightingale, Head of Families at Cardinal Hume Centre commented:

"We have been very grateful for the supply of PPE which we have been using in our various services for families and young people at Cardinal Hume Centre. In our young people's hostel, it has been a great benefit for the residents to have access to masks for use on public transport and in shops, and therefore feel confident to go out beyond the safe environment of the hostel.

Most of our advice and support services are now being delivered remotely but for some clients it is necessary for them to attend appointments at the Centre, for example for immigration, housing and benefits advice, and access to our family services. In these cases, where we are seeing people face-to-face, we are able to offer them masks, both for their time at the Centre and also to take a supply away for future use."

The donated PPE has been a great help. It is being used by our staff and volunteers when delivering emergency food packs to vulnerable older people. Face masks are also being donated to vulnerable older people.

Mehfuz Ahmed Chief Executive Officer at Age UK Westminster

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