In an effort to help protect frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, an online scheme so businesses can donate vital equipment and other resources has been launched.
The free service, which is part of an established online network for organisations to swap or share surplus resources, has been set up in response after a number of NHS frontline workers turned to North East businessman Warp IT Founder, Daniel O’Connor, asking for donations.

Daniel said: “The nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline NHS workers and other key workers has been well-documented so it wasn’t a huge surprise when I was asked to help source items from essential safety equipment to beds, lockers and bins. One frontline worker even requested a patio heater for the work that they’re doing outdoors.

“It makes complete sense for us to extend our marketplace service for NHS workers during this crisis, and after receiving these appeals we knew we had to do it.”

Offers to donate equipment to help protect frontline workers have also flooded in from across a wide range of organisations and businesses. Some companies, including mechanics and hairdressers, that have PPE equipment have already started donating but numbers need to increase rapidly.

Emma Burlow, Exec Director of independent environmental consultancy Resource Futures, said: “We’re fully supportive of this fantastic idea. As we’ve stopped our fieldwork for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus situation, we have spare masks and paper suits that can be used. We’ve donated more than 700 items so far to the NHS Ambulance service.

“Having access to a coordinated way to advertise what companies are able to make available for NHS staff, and other care providers is ideal. I urge all companies to join in showing their support by donating any items that they have spare to the NHS to help keep doctors, nurses and other key workers safe whilst they care for all those who have fallen ill.”

As well as furniture and equipment, other items requested include: disposable plastic aprons; disposable examination gloves; surgical facemasks; face visors; eye protection and goggles, hand sanitisers and alcohol based wipes; liquid soap; and paper hand towels.

An NHS spokesperson said: “This service will bolster local NHS demand, especially as the crisis ramps up. The items we have added to our wish list are to enhance patient and staff experience during this difficult time.”

Daniel said: “The teams on the frontline of the NHS are doing an extraordinary job and deserve all our support through this crisis. We are proud and honoured to play our part and give NHS staff access to free items from the essentials to the little comforts will make their lives easier during this challenging time.”

Access the free service at www.donatePPEtoNHS.com