Central England Co-op supports Birmingham nurses with donation of washable bags
Central England Co-op is supporting nurses and carers on standby to work on the frontline at Birmingham’s NHS Nightingale Hospital with a donation of almost 2,500 cotton bags.
Once they have come off duty, healthcare workers will place their uniforms in the bags and put them straight into the wash when they get home.
The donation came about after a staff member at Central England Co-op in Lichfield was approached by a friend to support Marie Curie nurses who are set to be deployed to the hospital.
Jody Meakin, marketing communications assistant at the retailer’s Lichfield headquarters, explained: “One of my friend’s has a family member who works at Marie Curie and they had asked about the possibility of getting hold of some cotton bags that our stores had previously sold.
“They were perfect as they are washable, so the nurses can put their uniform in them each night and put them straight in to the wash when they get home. I got hold of 240 bags and these have gone out to the Marie Curie Nurses as part of their personal protective equipment kits.
“However, we decided to look into getting more of the bags out to staff at the Nightingale Hospital and we are delighted to have managed to get over 2,000 more for those on the frontline to use. It’s only a small thing but I’m so happy we’ve been able to help.”
Central England Co-op’s partners APS Group covered the delivery costs.
Justine Davy, head of fundraising for University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said: “On behalf of all of our incredible staff members across University Hospitals Birmingham and the NHS Nightingale Hospital I would like to thank everyone at Central England Co-op for their generous donation of cotton bags.”
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