North Staffordshire dad helps raise money to buy protective equipment for hospital

Dad Richie Jennings has helped raise over £500 to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for a local hospital.

The 32-year-old was talking to his partner having heard stories of nurses on the radio who wanted more protective equipment supplied to them by the NHS.

Having had family members treated at Congleton War Memorial Hospital, and heard about a shortage in PPE, Richie decided start a Facebook campaign to help buy some kit.

Within hours his £540 target had been smashed thanks to kind-hearted donations.

Richie, of Biddulph, said: “I wanted to do a little bit for the hospital because I had heard they were running a bit short on PPE. It all started with me just sitting talking to my girlfriend.

“I was looking online and thought I could spend about £50 myself, but started the fundraiser not thinking we would get to hundreds of pounds.

“I’ve been listening to the radio and there have been nurses across the country ringing in saying the Government needs to provide. They’ve been calling in to LBC in desparation.

“There’s lots of posts about it on social media so I thought that I wanted to do something, to give back to these people.

“My nan was looked after by the staff at the War Memorial Hospital and there have been a few people locally in Biddulph that have been there.

“I thought we would get a couple of quid but never thought it would be hundreds. It only came from a conversation with my girlfriend.”

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Having started the fund-raiser on Facebook Richie now plans to share images of the equipment before it is donated to the staff at the hospital.

He added: “Thank you for any money given at this difficult time. I know people are finding it tough financially in some cases which makes me appreciate this even more.”

StokeonTrentLive has approached the East Cheshire NHS Trust for a comment.

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