Why your support for Mail Force’s charity is vital: Doctors reveal that personal protective equipment is their only hope
Part of it flew all the way from China. Part of it traveled only a few kilometers on the M6.
In the never-ending search for new sources of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the Mail Force charity is constantly looking for fresh supplies from virtually everywhere.
We’ve searched the Far East, our own backyard, and pretty much everywhere in between.
We now have a source of crucial kit that is made in Turkey for example and another in Blackburn.
Following rigorous controls by UK health inspectorates, Mail Force will donate a million Type IIR surgical masks to the health and healthcare sectors this week – and every week for as long as funds allow
This is a campaign that started a major airlift from China four weeks ago – and continued yesterday.
And what a sight it was! Not just a large pile of surgical masks, but an entire mountain range. A million of them told it all.
Today, they should all have cleared customs and headed for the frontline Covid-19 – all thanks to the generosity of the public.
Following rigorous controls by UK health inspectorates, Mail Force will donate a million of these type IIR surgical masks to the health and care industry this week – and every week for as long as funds allow.
They follow last week’s arrival of a £ 500,000 convoy of urgently needed Type 6B jackets from Turkey.
A week earlier, we worked with a former Lancashire textile factory, which currently produces half a million Mail Force hospital aprons every week.
They are all even more important items on the NHS wish list of virus control equipment that has brought the country to its knees.
After identifying a proven Turkish dress manufacturer, the charity had to queue up behind a German health authority that placed a bulk order the day before
Last week, donations to Mail Force also saw the £ 8million barrier break – and they just keep coming.
That is an amazing amount in a month. It testifies to the generosity of the spirit of the British public – from companies such as Marshall Wace and Sky and leading philanthropists such as Hans and Julia Rausing and Sir Brian Souter to famous figures such as the Duchess of Cornwall and actress Emma Thompson.
Most moving was the reaction of our famous, cordial readers.
You flooded the charity. Last night, the number of individual donations had passed 55,000.
One or two crazy critics have accused us of blowing our own trumpet, but this paper won’t stop greeting all those who have given to charity while encouraging others to follow suit.
Mail Force is also very grateful to international donors, including Marc Benioff, founder of the American software giant Salesforce and Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York.
This is a global crisis and the whole world is looking for a limited amount of personal protective equipment with numerous pitfalls along the way.
When the RAF was shipped last month to pick up one order of Turkish dresses, the plane was delayed for days.
Mail Force’s first million-mask airlift landed at Stansted yesterday morning in a chartered Chinese cargo flight from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Pictured, Robert Hardman in front of a mountain of face masks
Subsequently, part of the cargo was later rejected by British inspectors. These things can happen in a furious, fast-changing international market.
So Mail Force has been careful.
After identifying a proven Turkish dress manufacturer, the charity had to queue up behind a German health authority that placed a large order the day before.
HERE IS HOW TO DONATE
Mail Force Charity has been launched with one goal in helping NHS staff, volunteers and caregivers fight back against Covid-1 in the UK.
Mail Force is a separate charity founded and supported by Daily Mail and General Trust.
The money collected will fund the essential equipment that the NHS and healthcare providers need.
This equipment is vital to protect the heroic staff while doing their fantastic job of helping the UK overcome this pandemic.
If we raise more money than is necessary for essential Covid-1 equipment, we will use all the funds to support the work of the NHS in other ways.
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Rather than risk runway delays, the administrators decided to save money and send the whole lot – all 100,000 – over land in trucks.
In the meantime, samples and paperwork could be pre-inspected by the Health and Health and Safety Executive Department.
Mail Force cannot possibly hope to solve the current shortage of personal protective equipment on its own, and it should not.
The aim is to find new ways to add capacity to the national supply of PPE.
It partners with fully stretched DoH teams, while the NHS and the adult healthcare industry devour unprecedented amounts of this stuff as soon as it arrives. Fortunately, Mail Force isn’t alone.
Other charities are involved in the hunt.
The demand and the market are such that we can all add to the British arsenal without competing with our own side.
Meanwhile, the number of UK companies entering production on a viable scale is gradually increasing.
However, we are now entering a new and crucial phase.
Just when the infections come down and the audience wonders if normality might be right around the corner, this is exactly when the foreheads can’t be on their guard.
I have spoken to many caregivers in the past few days and do not notice any relief.
I have previously come across an increasing fear that, when they have this invisible monster under control, they will soon run out of the basic set needed to keep it at bay.
There are no easy solutions for this. We can all try to do our bit. That’s why Mail Force, like the beneficiaries, still needs all the help it can get.