Punchline Business and Community Champion: Construction firm donates face masks to NHS front line
By Andrew Merrell | 26th March 2020
Punchline has decided to highlight some of the amazing acts of perseverance, adaptation and downright generosity being performed by Gloucestershire businesses to help their communities.
As the nation is rocked by the almighty blows being struck by the coronavirus, businesses big and small and changing how they operate - firstly to survive, but many with their communities in mind.
Staff whose time is now being freed up are volunteering and pubs, restaurants and farm shops are being re-purposed to deliver food to those who might otherwise go without.
We are calling businesses which are going over and above to help the county our Punchline Community Business Champions, and the first to win the focus of our attentions is Forest of Dean-based construction firm Bell Contracting.
"We delivered and donated all our half face rubber masks and FFP3 filters to the NHS. Please encourage your business to do the same. They are desperate," said Nicola Bird, safety and business development director at Bell Contracting Ltd.
For the uninitiated, the FFP3 filters fit on the front of the respirator masks. The FFP standing for Filtering Face Piece with the number denoting the level of protection.
They are capable of protecting again solid and liquid aerosols, dust and hazardous powders, such as those found in the pharmaceutical industry.
"Where this story began is one of our directors is a paediatric surgeon and she mentioned hospitals needed supplies of face masks. I knew we had these masks and we arranged for them to be delivered.
"We were told they gave better protection than some of the masks they were using already. It prompted some of our staff to search their own kit for gloves and masks and they have dropped them off at doctors surgeries and elsewhere and they have all been so grateful.
"It is just great to be able to help those who are working so hard to help us all."
We happen to know the Cinderford-headquartered family business has received some private correspondence since it acted from people thanking them from the bottom of their hearts for what they have done.
If you have a story about a business you think deserves some credit and you think fits the bill as a Punchline Business Community Champion please let us know and we could well feature it on their very website.
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