Kingfisher provides £1 million worth of PPE equipment and funding for health services across Europe
Published: 2 April 2020 - Alex Fordham
Kingfisher is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical for frontline healthcare workers. There is a global peak in demand, but by ringfencing stock and using our international supply chain, we can help bring essential PPE to where healthcare needs are greatest in our markets. Our colleagues from our stores will also continue to support our communities locally wherever they can.
Since the Covid-19 crisis hit Europe, Kingfisher and its businesses in Europe have ringfenced all their remaining stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) so it can be donated to frontline healthcare workers.
Five trucks containing protective eyewear and masks worth over £200,000 are set to leave our Trentham distribution centre near Stoke to go to the NHS’s Emergency logistics hub in the Midlands today.
Kingfisher also confirms it has ordered a further three million face masks from suppliers in China and Israel that it expects to arrive towards the end of April. These will be for donation to the health authorities in the UK, France, Poland and Romania, or to equip our colleagues who are facilitating our online and click & collect orders in stores.
Kate Anderson at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust which recently received a donation of P3 masks and goggles said: “Our staff are delighted to receive the masks and goggles which will really help to ensure they’re well protected in the coming days and weeks.”