Businessman Allen Brookes has swapped fitting windows with selling T-shirts in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the NHS.
The 49-year-old owns Euroseal Windows in Hanley, but after the business was forced to close as a result of coronavirus Allen decided to turn his hand to a new venture.
Now Allen and his family have launched an online shop selling colourful T-shirts – with all of the profits going to the Royal Stoke Hospital.
Allen, who lives in Beech, said: “When the Government made an appeal for volunteers to come forward I was willing to sign up, but with my eldest daughter Jessica being five-months pregnant I was advised not to take the risk as we are all living together at the moment.
“I wanted to do something to help and show my support for the NHS and I had what I can only describe as a bit of a lightbulb moment to start selling T-shirts.
“We needed something we could do entirely from the house and this was just the thing.”
He added: “When I speak to customers over the phone, I always tell them to ‘stay safe’ and that’s where the idea for the design came from.”
With help from one of his Euroseal employees, Allen has now launched the staysafeforthenhs.co.uk website which is now taking orders for the tops.
More than 50 T-shirts have already been sold with £15 from each sale going directly to the NHS.
The shirts are available in all sizes, in white or black and come in two different designs – a heart which dons the phrase ‘support your NHS, stay safe’ and the blue and white NHS logo containing a Superman shield in place of the S.
But Allen has pledged to try and meet individual requests where possible after being asked for different colours and clothing such as babygrows.
He said: “We are a Stoke-on-Trent company and we want to do what we can to support our local hospital. We are not sure yet when we can go back to work, but we will keep selling to T-shirts while people are buying them.
“We will try and accommodate everyone because the most important thing about this is raising money. Every penny from the sales of the T-shirts is going to the NHS.
“We would also ask people to post photographs of themselves wearing their T-shirts onto our Facebook and Instagram pages to generate even more support.”
Allen added: “I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported us in getting this up and running, especially Becky Jewell, Hayley Kerr and Tom Finney.”
To order a t-shirt, visit the website.