Individuals and organisations have been thanked for their “tremendous response” to an appeal by the City of Wolverhampton Council for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE).

More than 400 businesses and individuals came forward to offer a wide range of PPE, which will be used to help keep the city’s social care workers, and other frontline workers including bin crews, safe as they deliver essential support to residents.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “We’ve had a tremendous response to our appeal for PPE from people and businesses in Wolverhampton.

“We’re working as quickly as we can to ensure we get it out to frontline workers who need it whether it is our bin crews who have continued to deliver a full service throughout this epidemic, or our dedicated frontline social workers to enable them to continue their vital work supporting people in their homes, care homes and children's units safely. 

“We’ve also been pleased to be able to support local care providers in the city who, like everyone else, have been hit by global PPE shortage and, to date, we have spent around £500,000 securing PPE to support the care sector and provided over 30,000 masks, 30,000 pairs of gloves, over 25,000 aprons and more than 120 litres of hand sanitiser to providers that are having difficulty getting PPE through their normal channels.”

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS.

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe Be Kind.