A Mail Force delivery of 200,000 aprons and 120,000 masks arrived at Marie Curie’s West Midlands hospice yesterday. The delivery marks the next stage of a Mail Force push, which will see 2.3 million masks and 1.6 million UK-made aprons given to charities over the coming weeks.
At Marie Curie, the PPE could not have been more welcome. The charity is the leading provider of end-of-life care for those with terminal illness. It has seen an increase in demand for its services during the coronavirus crisis while at the same time suffering a drop-off in donations.
The charity runs nine hospices across the UK, offering specialist round-the-clock care as well as bereavement counselling, while its dedicated Marie Curie nurses care for patients in their own homes, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support.
All the staff, working in difficult conditions, need personal protective equipment as they look after patients suffering from dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease and any other illness.
The delivery yesterday morning will now be split up and distributed to Marie Curie nurses and doctors around the country. Andrea Salmon, ward manager at the West Midlands hospice, in Solihull, was grateful for the Mail Force donation.
‘It has been a very difficult time, it has been challenging, emotional and tiring for everyone,’ she said.
‘We haven’t run out of PPE but it has been a huge undertaking to source it with the demand we have and the ever changing guidance.
‘This is an enormous help, it takes a worry away and saves us a lot of money – it is an extra cost at a difficult time when everyone is struggling. ‘All nine hospices, not just this one, will benefit from this.’