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Council thanks University for generous donation of face shields

26/08/2020

Walsall Council is offering a huge thank you today to the University of Wolverhampton for a generous donation of reusable face shields for use in health and social care settings.

The University actively fundraised by launching a COVID-19 appeal, raising nearly £10,000 to help manufacture 9,000 reusable face shields (which are cat3 CE marked) to be donated across Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford. They will be distributed over the coming weeks for use to care workers, the NHS, GP’s practices and in care homes. This donation is gratefully received as more and more facilities are set to open and work to make environments COVID-secure.

Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Walsall Council said, “This is such a generous donation from the University. I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible and especially thank the alumni, staff and students that have contributed to the COVID-19 appeal. The face shields will be a welcome addition to supplement the provision of Personal Protective Equipment that we have been making available for our various Health and care settings in the response to COVID-19.

“National Supply chains have been under immense pressure and although we have been able to maintain our stock we are grateful for this resource as re-useable face shields have been difficult to get hold of.”

 

Professor Nazira Karodia, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Wolverhampton is co-ordinating the University’s community response to COVID-19 and said,

“We are really proud of the wide range of projects colleagues in the University are launching to combat this virus. Whether they are putting their academic and technical skills to good use in terms of innovation, or whether they are taking the time to ensure that students are supported in reaching their academic goals successfully, every single contribution counts. I’m also grateful to our graduate community, who donated so generously to the COVID-19 appeal.”

“Without a doubt working with our community partners has meant that our collective response to this pandemic is really making a difference where it matters the most.”

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

  • The University’s COVID-19 Appeal has so far received nearly £10,000 in generous donations to help manufacture PPE to be given to NHS, care homes and other care workers. To donate to the appeal, or for more information, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/covidappeal

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