Carers from hospices across London have begun to receive vital consignments of essential PPE free of cost as part of a charitable initiative between Kit4Carers and the CareTech Foundation.
The donated personal protective equipment (PPE) includes masks, gowns and gloves, and is an urgently needed lifeline for hospices desperately trying to keep patients and carers safe. Shortages of PPE during the coronavirus outbreak have had a profound impact on hospices. Hospices have not received enough government support, and as charities can’t afford PPE on the open market. With prices for PPE tripling since the outbreak, hospices have struggled to obtain supplies of the vital equipment.
Kit4Carers and charity, CareTech Foundation, have formed a significant partnership to help these hospices in need. They aim to raise £1million to source and distribute free PPE to those carers in the community who are risking their lives during Covid-19.
Hospices have been facing bills of £20 per carer per day, just for PPE. This is putting significant financial strain on these charities. The gloves, masks and gowns delivered to North London Hospice and Noah’s Ark Hospice in Barnet, will help to keep carers and patients safe during the pandemic. The free PPE will save the organisations tens of thousands of pounds as the price of PPE increases sharply due to global shortages.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice provides specialist bespoke clinical, practical and emotional support to over 350 babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. The PPE supplied to the hospice will allow families to visit their critically ill children with the correct PPE whilst saving the hospice thousands of pounds.
The North London Hospice, which counts journalist Esther Rantzen and actor Martin Freeman amongst its patrons, has been providing palliative care and support to families since 1984. Without the donation of PPE the hospice was facing huge challenges keeping patients and carers safe.
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation commented: “Across the care sector, spiralling PPE costs are hitting providers and causing significant financial concern. It is a privilege to be able to partner with Kit4Carers in alleviating this extra burden in an already stressful time, allowing families to see critically ill relatives.”
Kit4Carers team member, Latha Kathirkamathamby, commented: “Kit4Carers is a fantastic charity, compared to all these other companies that have tried to sell PPE and make a killing, Kit4Carers is looking out for people who aren’t able to buy PPE and very kindly donating them.”
Emma Pleass, Lead for Education and Development and Infection Control at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, commented: “Thank you Kit4Carers very much. It’s been incredibly demanding being both a hospice and a charity. We’re really, really appreciative for the help we’ve been given.”
Dr Sam Edward, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the North London Hospice, commented: “The pandemic has posed the most unusual challenges that we’ve ever faced in an independent charitable healthcare organisation. I really owe Kit4Carers a heartfelt thanks, from our patients in particular, for helping us to carry on doing our jobs in such a challenging time.”