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Scram community buys protective equipment for care workers

The Scram community has pulled together to provide protective equipment and hand cream to care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

A few weeks ago, we noticed a story about the incredible care workers at Bridgedale House in Sheffield. Staff had taken the decision to move into the care home, to make sure no-one was bringing coronavirus into the home – shielding its vulnerable residents.

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Some of the carers left behind young children to make sure the virus didn’t get into the care home, including senior care assistant Kirsty Scott, who left behind her two young children. “I’ve really missed them … so much,” she told the Guardian.

“I FaceTime them every day, sometimes two or three times a day.”

And so we got in touch, to let the carers know that the Scram community has been campaigning for the government to ramp up its PPE output, and to see if there was anything else they needed.

They said the staff could really do with moisturising hand cream, because their hands are getting dry from all the hand washing they’re having to do.

We asked for just £100 from the Scram community to buy some hand cream, but thanks to their generosity, we managed to raise nearly £800.

Therefore, we have sent several large bottles of hand cream to Bridgedale, to ease their palms, and contacted Victoria House Care Home in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, where nine staff members have similarly put their lives on hold to care for their residents – even pitching tents in the grounds of the home.

Victoria House said they could really do with some face masks and gloves, and so we jumped on the task – ordering two batches of face masks and gloves in various sizes totalling over £650.

The first batch of 150 face masks has already arrived, with more set to follow.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser. These care home heroes deserve all the support we can give them.