SHS Partners have donated 25,000 face masks to three UK charities and two Children’s Hospitals to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
Donations have been made to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Action for Children, Age UK, and Barnabus Manchester who support those affected by homelessness.
Morgan Reidy, CEO of SHS Partners explains, “Since we started in 2016 we have helped well over 75,000 waiting list patients. Following the cancellation of all non-emergency care due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have diverted our attention to helping the NHS in different ways. We have been assisting our NHS partners to source face masks, other PPE and COVID-19 screening services. As a result, we have acquired a surplus of 25,000 disposable face masks which we have chosen to donate to five amazing organisations who help the most vulnerable and in need in our society.”
Morgan adds; “We all feel immensely proud that through our donations SHS Partners can help many thousands of people at this very difficult time. Parents to safely visit their poorly children in hospital. Volunteers to continue running a city-based drop-in centre. Aid charities to maintain vital contact with older and vulnerable people needing care and connection.”
Carol Iddon, deputy chief executive of Action for Children, said: “We’re hugely grateful to SHS Partners for providing these face masks which will help our key workers all over the country support vulnerable children and families safe.
“Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Having the right protection for our frontline staff as we re-open services is critical, and this kind donation will go a long way to helping us keep battling for families as they come out the other side of this.”
Neil Cornthwaite Head of Operations at Barnabus Manchester thanked SHS Partners, “The arrival of COVID 19 has brought unprecedented challenges to a small charity like ourselves. We are having to work out how we can serve our clients in the safest possible way and of course, that means sourcing PPE. Purchase of PPE is a cost we had not budgeted for and now with lockdown, we are restricted in the fundraising we can do so a donation of face masks like this from SHS Partners will make a huge difference to our work with those who find themselves homeless in Manchester during this pandemic.”