Sirona care & health is delighted to have received many kind donations from the community to help staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The wide range of donations, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and edible treats to be enjoyed by hardworking staff, have been gratefully received by the organisation.
The donations include contributions from Merchants Academy in Withywood, Bristol who have donated safety glasses and Clevedon School in Clevedon, North Somerset who have donated safety glasses and masks; all essential Personal Protective Equipment for clinicians who continue to provide essential healthcare services during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Andrew Marshall-Aherne, Assistant Vice Principal at Merchants Academy, said: “Merchants Academy is delighted to donate safety glasses from our Science Department to Sirona care & health for use by healthcare staff.
“As key workers ourselves, we are united in the fight against COVID-19 and donating our safety glasses is just a small token of our appreciation to all NHS staff who are caring for people during these demanding times. As an Academy we are a strong believer in community and wanted to support in any way possible.”
“The school is pleased to have been able to help in this way and we hope the eye protection will prove to be of great value to frontline clinicians during this exceedingly challenging period.”
Ben Turner, Head of DT at Clevedon School, said: “We are thrilled to have sent our 100th visor to front line NHS staff this week. I am delighted that alongside my colleagues we have been able to help with production even now becoming a family affair at home as well!”
Jim Smith, Headteacher added: “I am so proud of the school’s efforts to contribute at this difficult time. As soon as we knew we could help, it was our privilege to offer whatever we could to those on the frontline”.
Other valuable contributions include the donation of handmade ‘scrub bags’ for clinicians to wash uniforms in. These have been donated by several individuals in the community and even some members of staff who have used their own time and resources to produce them. Keen seamstresses from several households on a Chipping Sodbury street joined forces to produce several bags which have been distributed to thankful clinical staff across the organisation. The Horfield and Shirehampton Community Nursing teams have received hot meals kindly donated by the Bristol Food Union which have helped staff take a few moments out of their busy days to stop and eat.
Mary Lewis, Director of Nursing at Sirona care & health, said: “We are extremely thankful to everyone who has generously donated resources to Sirona care & health.
“These are testing times for healthcare services and clinicians continue to require an inordinate amount of PPE so donations, both PPE and non PPE, have been gratefully received.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the businesses, individuals, community groups and schools such as Merchants Academy and Clevedon School for their ongoing generosity and support.”