We are delighted to announce our partnership with Kit4Carers, whose mission is to raise funds, procure and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to carers of vulnerable members of society who are at increased risk of infection with COVID19.
NHS and care workers are, quite rightly, recognised for their dedication during the Coronavirus crisis and the challenge of ensuring that they have the appropriate PPE protection has been well-documented. However, outside hospitals and care homes there are over a million carers in the UK, and many more throughout the world, who look after the most vulnerable people in their communities who face a shortage of even the most basic PPE.
The Kit4Carers campaign is designed to raise funds to source and distribute PPE to carers throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Its objective is to raise £1,000,000 through charitable donations which will be spent on buying and distributing PPE kit and medical supplies.
Kit4Carers brings together a diverse group of professionals from healthcare, finance, legal and marketing backgrounds who all believe that carers in communities should have the same access to PPE as health professionals.
Kit4Carers has access to an established worldwide network of manufacturers of PPE such as face masks, gowns and gloves and testing kits.
It means that even at a time when most of the world is chasing the same PPE and the main manufacturing countries face their own challenges with COVID19, Kit4Carers will be able to source and ship materials quicker than other organisations who face multiple procurement issues.
Kit4Carers has extensive expertise in sourcing, financing and distributing high quality, ethically-produced PPE, and will work with charities and other community and voluntary sector organisations, to ensure that these vital PPE is delivered to frontline care staff, fast.
Kit4Carers is led by Dr Pramod Prabhakaran – an NHS Consultant, Hassan Chaudhury – international trade expert and former social worker, and Omar Butt – innovation leader from Vita Healthcare Solutions. The wider team is drawn from clinicians, medical officers, former NHS staff, procurement and logistics experts, healthcare communications, analytics firms and freelance programmers, shipping and freight experts with family offices, legal, accounting and administrative support.
Kit4Carers has rapidly established a supply chain that draws on resources in the UK, India, China and the Middle East who can fulfil orders.
You can donate to support Kit4Carers by visiting their Virgin Just Giving page.