Comedian Joe Pasquale’s experience in delivering vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to Helping Hands branches across London was aired last night on BBC’s The One Show.
Helping Hands had secured supplies of PPE and was in the process of distributing it to 104 branches across the country when Pasquale contacted the provider, volunteering to deliver a handful of the supplies himself.
Over four days, the comedian delivered the equipment to ten branches in and around London, including Basildon, Chelmsford, Harlow, Chigwell, Dartford, Dulwich, Bromley, Barnet, Kensington & Chelsea and Highbury & Islington.
The equipment included hand sanitiser, face shields and high-protection FFP2 respiratory masks.
Julie Davies, area care manager for the branches that Pasquale visited, said: “[Joe] was a very genuine, down-to-earth and friendly guy. It was such a lovely encounter for our branches, and it was something that made the whole team smile.”
Laura Baldwin, care coordinator for the Harlow branch, said: “It was amazing to have Joe come into our branch and deliver PPE. He was so happy; it really made our day. I am so proud of everyone here at Helping Hands, they all work so hard in supporting our customers and they were thrilled that Joe was going out of his way to help them, whilst they’re out delivering high quality care during these unusual times.”
Since 1989, Helping Hands has specialised in visiting and live-in care. It now has a network of over 100 branches across England and Wales, including 21 new offices in Greater Manchester and the South West of England.