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Preston schools unite to donate PPE to Royal Preston Hospital

Posted on - 19th April, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - College, Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Schools, Sharoe Green
The schools donated PPE to the NHS for use across Preston and Chorley hospitals Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
The schools donated PPE to the NHS for use across Preston and Chorley hospitals Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Schools across Preston and South Ribble have donated goggles and other protective equipment to NHS workers at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

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More than 1,000 sets of goggles and examination gloves were brought together by the seven schools across the city and wider boroughs of South Ribble and Chorley.

Special educational needs co-ordinator Melanie Shaw who works at St Cecilia’s Roman Catholic High School in Longridge co-ordinated the appeal.

She said: “We are all so very grateful for the work carried out in our hospitals, even more so in the current pandemic. After reading a news article discussing schools donating PPE to local hospitals, it prompted me to ask a family member, who works at the Trust, if they could use our equipment.

“After receiving confirmation that the Trust would gratefully receive any donated equipment, our Head Teacher, Mr. Ivan Catlow, called on his colleagues from neighbouring Preston Secondary schools to do the same.

“We were extremely pleased with the response from other schools and are happy that we could assist staff across the Trust in such unprecedented times.”

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Schools donating PPE in the fight against coronavirus included Parklands High School, Longridge High School, Fulwood Academy, Christ the King Catholic High School, Broughton High School and Archbishop Temple School.

Nursing, midwifery and AHP director Sarah Cullen for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are extremely grateful for this thoughtful donation that will go a long way to protect our staff and our patients during this challenging time.

“It’s so refreshing to see local schools coming together to support their NHS, and we thank each and every person involved in this wonderful act of kindness.”

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