KINGFISHER, the parent company of firms such as B&Q and Screwfix, has announced that it is to donate over £1 million worth of PPE equipment and funding to health services across Europe.
Five trucks containing protective eyewear and masks worth over £200,000 are to leave Kingfisher’s Trentham distribution centre near Stoke to go to the NHS’ Emergency logistics hub in the Midlands, while Screwfix and B&Q have donated over £300,000 PPE equipment which will go to other NHS hospitals – with Kingfisher promising more donations will follow.
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.”
Elsewhere, £1 million worth of equipment and funding has been donated by the firm to health services in France, Poland, Spain and Romania.
A spokesperson for Kingfisher said, “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.”