Hundreds of PPE items donated to Wiltshire Council and Police

Hundreds of PPE items donated to Wiltshire Council and Police

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:03am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 4:14pm 15th April 2020)

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We've been getting the breakdown of exactly how much personal protective equipment has been given to them.

The authorities put out a joint appeal for local businesses and the public to help them build more stocks of PPE for those staff working on the frontline of Covid-19.

In a matter of days, Wiltshire Council say the response has 'far exceeded expectations'.

Here's what they've been given: 

  • 423 boxes of different sized gloves
  • 75 rolls of aprons
  • Three 5 litre bottles of hand sanitiser
  • 400 plastic sacks
  • 80 boxes of shoe covers
Wiltshire Council staff with donated Personal Protective Equipment April 2020
Wiltshire Council staff have been prepping the PPE to be sent out

Everything donated will be evenly split between Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Police.

The county's Chief Constable spoke out over the Easter weekend to thank people for their support, and reassure us that every frontline police officer will be given personally issued equipment. 

Joint Wiltshire Council Chief Executives, Terence Herbert and Alistair Cunningham, said:  

"We want to thank all those who have been so generous and provided this PPE to support local efforts in tackling Covid-19. National supply chains have been under immense pressure and although some stocks are now being delivered, we are grateful for this generous local response. 

"We would encourage that support to continue so our key workers can deliver these critical services to the community. Wiltshire really has led the way with its community response and this is one great example of communities pulling together and making a real difference at this challenging time."

Anyone that is still able to help with keeping the PPE stocks up is asked to email using the subject line 'PPE support'. 

Wiltshire Police checkpoint 26th March
Wiltshire Police will be using the PPE that's been donated to the joint stock with the Council

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: 

"I would like to say a huge thank you to those who have donated PPE which will help protect our frontline. The welfare of officers and staff is of paramount importance to us and getting the right protective equipment to them is crucial.

"It is no secret that, whilst responding to this unprecedented, national health pandemic, there have been some issues with getting the right quantity of kit to emergency services across the country. Wiltshire Police is no exception to this. It is vital that officers are well equipped so they can continue to protect and serve their communities." 

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