Greater Manchester businesses donate vital PPE to Rochdale Infirmary and care homes
Date published: 26 May 2020
Oakland Care Home in Rochdale receive PPE donated by Baum Trading
In the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, tens of thousands of face masks have been donated to care homes in Rochdale, Bury and Middleton, whilst staff at Rochdale Infirmary have received full body scrubs, thanks to donations from Greater Manchester businesses.
Bury-based clothing importer Baum Trading donated PPE to 36 care homes in the Rochdale borough on Thursday 14 May, totalling 30,000 masks and 3,000 face visors.
David Weidenbaum, Managing Director of Baum Trading, said: “When the pandemic started, care homes had been left out of the PPE supply. We contacted our sources and purchased hospital-grade masks and visors which we have distributed to 56 care homes around Greater Manchester.
“It was very important to us to give back to the community, because keeping people safe is the right thing to do. Staff every day are at risk every day going to work, and I am glad we are in a position where we can help.”
Baum Trading has since ordered a further 100,000 face masks which will again be distributed for free to local care homes.
Furthermore, staff at Rochdale Infirmary received full body scrubs from a Rochdale business, Bedding Place, and T&A Textiles in Manchester.
Mohammed Tariq, Chair BAME Staff Network at Rochdale Infirmary, Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation (part of the Northern Care Alliance) thanked local manufacturers for their assistance, whilst the Deputy Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Aasim Rashid, urged all communities to work together to tackle COVID-19.
Councillor Rashid also praised council staff, frontline and key workers from the NHS and social care sector for their efforts in fighting the pandemic.
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