Digger giant JCB has donated more than 8,000 pairs of gloves and face masks to Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest hospital.
The Staffordshire manufacturer has answered a call for vital supplies of personal protective equipment to keep NHS workers safe during the coronavirus crisis.
The donations will be used by the University Hospitals of North Midlands, which runs both the Royal Stoke and Stafford’s County Hospital, as staff gear up for for an influx of patients in the coming weeks.
The shipment was organised after a former JCB employee who now works ate Royal Stoke got in touch.
Paul Bytheway, chief operating officer at UHNM, said: “We have been delighted at the response from local businesses across Staffordshire who are really pulling together in this crisis and grateful to JCB for their generous donation.”
The gloves and face masks were donated by the JCB World Parts Centre at Uttoxeter, which continues to provide service, technical and spare parts back up to customers including farmers maintaining the food supply chain, contractors providing JCB generators to NHS hospitals and hirers keeping utility services intact.
JCB Parts and Service managing director Ian Sayers said: “We are delighted to support our fantastic NHS and the Royal Stoke Hospital by donating much needed gloves and masks. They are doing an amazing job and we are pleased to be able to help.”