Cambridgeshire County Council makes PPE donation to Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridgeshire County Council has made a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers on the NHS frontline in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Together with Peterborough City Council, they have provided PPE including visors and thousands of protective masks to hospitals in Cambridge and Peterborough, with the contributions coming from entirely different sources.
Cllr Steve Count, the leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, has been working for the past few years to build links between foreign investors in China and businesses in the county and, as a result, a further 12,000 masks are being donated from China this week.
Cllr Count and council chief executive Gillian Beasley have worked closely with Cambridge Cleantech’s Martin Garrett and UK Cambridge Education Centre’s Dr Chenguang Sun to develop a strategic agreement.
It has encouraged companies and investors in the county to collaborate with Chinese investors and vice versa, which has led to Dr Sun’s donation to help the county’s battle against the coronavirus.
They are being passed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Cllr Count said: “I am extremely grateful and thankful to our Chinese partners - and particularly Dr Chenguang Sun for his support in sourcing and donating 12,000 masks which will help to protect our incredible staff and NHS workers.
“The masks will be a welcome addition to those already being used across our health and social care system, and we are making sure they get to the services that need them as quickly as possible.”
Schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are using their design and technology departments to make basic facial PPE visors for NHS staff, and Jack Hunt School and Arthur Mellows Village College have made more than 650 protective visors for use at Peterborough Hospital.