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Preston disability charity calls for a halt to essentials being taken away from the vulnerable during coronavirus crisis

Posted on - 20th May, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Preston News
Christine Singleton
Skiggle founder Christine said “there is so much fear, vulnerability and isolation currently surrounding us” Pic: Skiggle

Preston-based disability charity Skiggle is calling for an urgent review of Government policy on the supply of care-based essential supplies to vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

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Skiggle founder Christine Singleton has started a change.org petition to ask that the most vulnerable members of society continue to receive the care products they need to keep them safe and at home.

The charity, which helps fulfil urgent requests from individuals, carers and families for missing or forgotten care-based essentials, says it feels the Government is “placing a hierarchy across the nation”.

A spokesperson for Skiggle said: “Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the pressure on the Skiggle community is greater than ever.

“Many of the most vulnerable, their families and carers are being placed in difficult situations with their care-based essentials being limited, reduced and recalled. The basics required for everyday supplies are now also needing to be shared with the emergency hospitals being put in place around the country.

“At times it feels like the Government is placing a hierarchy across the nation. Without a doubt, the NHS, their frontline staff, supporting offices and care workers are all doing an amazing and extremely noble job. They are also being asked to make impossible decisions in prioritising who receives vital equipment and care to save lives.

“To support the NHS, keep vulnerable people out of hospital, and help combat Covid-19, we must challenge the current policies in place to stop care-based essentials being removed from those who need them most. We must reduce the number of vulnerable people taking needed hospital beds, due to their home-based care essentials being taken away.”

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An adult carer with a child with a disability Pic: Skiggle
Skiggle would like to hear from anyone who feels their care-based essentials are being compromised Pic: Skiggle

Charity founder, Christine Singleton, said: “Our aim at Skiggle is to help anyone who needs care-based essentials and we will continue to do so during this unsettling time.

“Whether it’s a charger, tracheostomy tube or feeding equipment that’s required, the Skiggle community is here to help, especially when there is so much fear, vulnerability and isolation currently surrounding us.

“With the NHS experiencing such high demand, we are here to try and help maintain your daily routine.”

Skiggle would like anyone who feels their care-based essentials are being compromised to complete an anonymous survey. Answers will help the charity to understand how vulnerable people are being affected by increased demand for supplies during the current pandemic.

The petition to stop care-based essentials being taken away from the vulnerable can be signed at change.org.

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To find out more about the charity’s work, visit the Skiggle website.

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