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Punchline Business and Community Champion: Twin town donates thousands of PPE items

Thousands of personal protective equipment items have been donated to a Gloucestershire council, by its twin town in China.

The shipment, donated to Cheltenham Borough Council by the Weihai government, will aid the battle against coronavirus in Cheltenham and across Gloucestershire.

Alongside the delivery of more than 10,000 disposable protective masks for the council to use and share among key workers, Cheltenham mayor Councillor Roger Whyborn also received a letter of solidarity and support from mayor of Weihai municipal government Yan Jianbo.

The letter addressed to Cllr Whyborn read: "We would like to express our gratitude for the care and support from the people of Cheltenham after the outbreak of the COVID-19 in China.

"Now we are very concerned about the situation in the United Kingdom and Cheltenham. Learning that the new cases are increasing and the people are going through a critical time similar to the situation we suffered a couple of months ago, we are deeply concerned.

"On behalf of the Weihai government and all the people here, we would like to convey our sincere sympathy to you and all citizens in Cheltenham. We hope you will overcome the difficulties it has presented at an early date.

"Although our task for future virus prevention and control are still tough, we would like to spare some of our face masks to assist you in battling against this virus because we can't just sit back and watch while people in Cheltenham are suffering.

"We believe, under your leadership, Cheltenham will surely overcome the struggle it has presented."

Cllr Roger Whyborn said: ''We have a special friendship with Weihai and we are very grateful to the Mayor of Weihai Yan Jianbo and the city of Weihai for their support.

"This very kind PPE donation allows us to pass on vital safety equipment to those most in need to ensure our services can continue to get the support they need.''

Cllr Diggory Seacome, chairman of the Twinning Association, added: ''Help from one of our twin towns goes to show how strong the Twinning ethic is, and we are most grateful to Weihai for their generous gesture.''

As an extra special thank you to the people of Weihai, Punchline has also nominated them as our latest Business and Community Champion - an initiative backed by GFirst LEP, the Growth Hub, Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The council said that the donations will be shared with and distributed by the Local Resilience Forum to key workers within the borough and county. 

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