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Arco, a specialist UK-based safety company has donated over £72,000 of PPE supplies to Leonard Cheshire, a pan disability charity. Leonard Cheshire employs 4,500 front line staff to support over 3,000 people with disabilities to live as independently as they can. Their work includes operating 120 residential care homes across the UK, which house around 2,700 residents. Arco’s donation will help continue to protect the care home residents and frontline staff.

At the start of the pandemic, Leonard Cheshire launched an emergency appeal for support to protect its staff and residents from Coronavirus. In May 2020, Arco was proud to donate £4,000 worth of stock including 150 boxes of face masks and 700 visors. 

With government restrictions now lifted and care home visitors able to see their loved ones in person, having access to PPE and sanitation equipment continues to be crucial. In order for its staff to continue providing the best care and support, they need access to PPE. Arco recognised this need and is delighted to have been able to make a significant donation, including hand sanitiser, P3 masks, disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves. The stock will be distributed nationally by Leonard Cheshire to its care homes and community carers where it’s needed most to ensure they can continue their vital work.

Andy Owen, Head of Sector – Healthcare at Arco said: “We’re delighted to be able to give a second donation to Leonard Cheshire. For many in care homes, residents rely on care staff for all their personal care and maintaining good hygiene remains a challenge. The safe operation of Leonard Cheshire’s care homes is crucial at this time and having the correct PPE will enable staff and care residents to remain protected.”

David Evison, Managing Director at Arco said: “Arco’s purpose is to keep people safe at work and PPE plays such a critical role in doing this. Whilst the supply of PPE is much more readily available than during the peak of the pandemic, we hope through our donation that all colleagues and residents at Leonard Cheshire continue to be protected and kept safe. The care sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and we’re grateful for the opportunity to support Leonard Cheshire in the life changing work it does.” 

Hugh Fenn, Managing Director of Community Services at Leonard Cheshire said: “This is a significant donation and we are immensely grateful for Arco’s generosity in donating PPE supplies to keep people safe. Whilst restrictions have now been lifted, we continue to do everything in our power to protect the vulnerable people in our care, as well as those who look after them. Our sincerest thanks to Arco and their product experts involved in making this happen.” 

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