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More than 37,000 pieces of PPE donated in Surrey after urgent appeal

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More than 37,000 pieces of PPE donated in Surrey after urgent appeal

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:00am 19th April 2020. (Updated at 12:51pm 20th April 2020)

After an emergency appeal from Surrey County Council, 37,000 pieces of personal protective equipment have been donated. 

Businesses and individuals have given things like gloves, hand soap and visors to the frontline staff currently fighting the coronavirus. 

As the nation faces unprecedented demand for PPE, there is a very limited supply coming into the county for social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, with understandably the NHS being prioritised.

Leader of Surrey County Council Tim Oliver says since the appeal was launched they have received hundreds of emails offering to help. 

He appeared on the Eagle Radio Breakfast Show this morning (20 April) where he explained that there can never be too many donations of PPE:

"We can't get enough to be honest with you.

"We accept that there is a national shortage of PPE and there probably will be for the forseeable future.

"So really our ask is for anyone who can help to provide as much support as they can.

"Aprons and gowns and masks those are the things that are really under pressure not just within the NHS but within all frontline services.

"This is a call out to art and textile schools, sewing clubs and classes and indeed to inividuals in their own front rooms." 

Donations of PPE are still needed: 

  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking: 3   
  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)   
  • Disposable overshoes CE marked   
  • Disposable overalls CE marked   
  • Disposable plastic apron (single use)  
  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue  
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use   
  • Drager dust masks  
  • Hand soap   
  • Surface Cleanser Spray   
  • Universal Cleaner   
  • Cleaning cloths   
  • Disinfectant   
  • Blue Wiper Roll   
  • Industrial cleaning wipes (excess of 60% alcohol or a disinfectant contained within it)   
  • Jumbo Toilet Roll   
  • Paper Hand Towel   

Donations can be made by contacting ppe.donations@surreycc.gov.uk and delivery and collection can be arranged.  

All items need to conform to the safety standards stated above.