Wigan Borough’s partnership approach to combatting the outbreak of COVID-19 has seen education providers donate vital equipment for health and social care staff.
A batch of 50 protective face masks has been delivered to Heathside Residential Care Home, run by Wigan Council, this week from Lowton Church of England High School. Meanwhile, both Wigan and Leigh College and Winstanley College have donated equipment to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust in recent days.
Wigan Council is continuing to offer direct support to all care homes and care providers across the borough, including providing personal protective equipment (PPE) sourced by the local authority with a commitment of more to come.
Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said:
“We have seen countless examples of the community rallying behind all public services as we tackle this unprecedented situation. These examples highlight the spirit we have here in our borough and we are extremely grateful for the donations of equipment to help our tremendous frontline staff. I would like to thank everyone involved.”
Staff at Heathside received the face masks from Lowton High on Thursday. Natalie Jones, manager at Heathside, said: “We have received a lot of generosity from the community and we are extremely grateful for all the support. We’d like to pass on a massive thank you from all of the team here, it means a lot to us.”
The protective masks, which have also been delivered to local NHS facilities, were produced by design technology technician Paul Glynn and his daughter Jessica, a former head girl of the school.
Acting headteacher Heather Clare said:
“We are so grateful to Mr Glynn and Jessica for giving up their time over the Easter Holidays to support the local community. We are also grateful to the community who have donated resources so we can make the masks. It is great to see so many other schools mobilising their DT departments in doing the same to support the Covid-19 crisis.”
Social care staff were hailed as ‘unsung heroes’ by deputy leader of the council Coun Keith Cunliffe earlier this week.