A new charitable initiative has been launched to ensure that care workers in the UK and overseas have access to essential PPE.
To mark National Carers Week, the CareTech Foundation has formed a partnership with Kit4Carers (K4C), a not-for-profit group focused on sourcing, shipping and distributing PPE kit to community carers, free of charge.
The aim is to turbo-charge K4C’s ambition to raise £1 million to source vital supplies during the pandemic.
K4C co-founder Dr Pramod Prabhakaran said: “We know that the lack of access to PPE for NHS workers has received a lot of publicity – but less is said about carers who look after the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“Kit4Carers believes community carers should have the same access to high quality PPE as NHS workers – that’s why our campaign sets out to raise £1m to address this issue.”
Under the agreement, Kit4Carers will be hosted by the CareTech Foundation, adding strength and credibility to their fundraising efforts.
The timing is significant as Kit4Carers’ first consignment of gloves, gowns and masks arrives in the UK within the next few days.
This is the first batch of several orders already placed and will be distributed to carers in the South West from our Berkshire warehouse this month.
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of CareTech Foundation, said “The Foundation is delighted to be supporting this important new initiative, adding a further boost to the support we have provided to help the social care sector to respond to the massive challenges of the COVID19 pandemic.”