Coronavirus: Spalding home carers' joy as surgical gloves and aprons are donated
People and businesses came to the rescue within hours of a home care company putting out an SOS as it was running out of surgical gloves and aprons.
Lincolnshire Home Care Ltd director Margaret Wolter feared supplies would be gone by Friday and said no-one could expect carers to work in people's homes without personal protective equipment (PPE).
The company is looking after 110 people in the Spalding area and feared the care would have to end without PPE.
We published a story on www.spalding.today.co.uk just after 7pm on Tuesday and, later that night, Mark Hutchings from Gedney drove over with four boxes of gloves.
Individuals and businesses made more donations and the company bought some that were offered for sale.
Now the company hopes the generous response has bought them enough time to obtain stock from their their private supplier, who can't take orders until Monday because of demand sparked by coronavirus.
Lincolnshire Home CareLtd manager Tracy Ford told us: "We can't thank you enough because, without you, we wouldn't have been able to do it.
"It's great, isn't it, when the community have pulled together?
"We would just like to thank everybody.
"A lady has just popped in off the street and we have got some aprons from her.
"Majestic Bingo have called and they are bringing us some gloves and aprons and the Fun Farm are going to offer us gloves and aprons."
Among others making donations were Pete Boekstyn, of Welland Print in Spalding, and QD Stores in Holbeach offered stock left on their shelves.
Tracy said there is enough stock now for the company to go on looking after residents in their homes until Tuesday.
Lincolnshire Home Care Ltd, based in Cradge Bank,Spalding, has shared some of the donations with other care companies who are also running low on stock.
Company director Margaret Wolter , who founded the business five years ago with husband Peter, said: "We are getting help - there's lots of generous people out there.
"It's going great and I want to thank everyone - people have been marvellous."
Home carers help people get out of bed in the morning and assist with dressing and personal care as well as meals and medication through the day before helping them into bed at night.
Often they visit the same person four times each day.
On Tuesday Margaret and her staff were desperate for help as they appealed for surgical gloves, aprons and, ideally, hand sanitiser.
Margaret said then: "We are trying to protect the staff and the customers and if we don't wear personal protective equipment because we haven't got it, how can we protect these people?"
She said carers wouldn't be prepared to work without protective equipment.
"You can't blame them", said Margaret. "They can't deal with bodily fluids without protection can they? I have got to protect the staff, and it's not fair for them to go without."
Usually the company cares for 120 people but 10 are now living with families.
A spokeperson for the county council commercial team said: "The county council have been proactive in setting up a team to look at supporting care providers with personal protective equipment (PPE) in the county.
"We are securing extra supplies of PPE which should come on line by Monday. In the meantime if Lincolnshire Home Care need some immediate support then get in touch with our health protection team and we will be able to assist with some stock we currently hold."
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