Drivers and vans have been donated by Manchester United Foundation to help distribute thousands of items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local primary care health providers such as GPs, care and nursing homes.
The five drivers have just started work and join a team made up of taxi drivers who volunteer their time to The Trafford and Manchester PPE Mutual Aid Hub. The hub is an innovative initiative between Trafford and Manchester Councils and health agencies has been in operation since late March and has delivered millions of vital PPE to frontline workers.
Matt Johnson, Director of Operation, Manchester United Foundation said:
“Manchester United Foundation believes passionately about supporting our local communities and to do this effectively we have developed strong relationships with key organisations like Trafford Council.
During the pandemic we have worked closely with councils on numerous initiatives such as food deliveries, using Old Trafford as a testing site, free access to the car park for NHS staff, delivering school activity packs and now supporting with the delivery of PPE.
Being able to play a part in the Covid-19 response has made everyone proud in the club that they can help and make a difference. The greatest impact has been that we have supported our communities and key workers through these times.”
Jane Slater, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Equalities said:
“I know everyone connected to the Mutual Aid Hub would like to thank Manchester United Foundation and their drivers for supporting us. We have supplied millions of items of PPE and having more drivers enables us to give our existing, dedicated drivers a rare break as they have been 100% committed to their work since late March.“
The Manchester and Trafford PPE Mutual Aid Hub, which was established in late March in response to PPE supply challenges, has distributed five million pieces of PPE to local, primary care providers. As a result, all out-of-hospital care environments can fully utilise the hub when their normal supply routes are exhausted.
Posted on Thursday 30th July 2020