COUNCIL chiefs are thanking all the businesses which have donated thousands of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that frontline staff can carry out their work safely.

Last month, a call was made asking for any unwanted PPE to be donated to the authority so that it could be used by people working through the coronavirus pandemic. The appeal resulted in teachers and businesses offering to donate and manufacture visors, hand sanitiser, gowns and gloves.

Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, mobilised a number of 3D printers from schools across the region so that teachers at the Fablab, based at Beaumont Collegiate Academy, Warrington could print thousands of plastic visors.

In addition, a leading Carrington based packaging manufacturer, Saica Paper UK, has also gifted almost 100 pieces of equipment and earlier this month, Trafford Housing Trust donated 50 litres of antiseptic hand sanitiser.

Trafford Council’s Corporate Director for Adult Services, Diane Eaton, said: “I continue to be amazed by how much the Trafford community is pulling together to help and support one another. These remarkable acts of kindness do not go unnoticed, and I would like to thank everyone who has donated for their commitment during these unprecedented times. Safeguarding frontline staff and the public is a key priority, so thank you for helping us protect them.

Lisa Fathers, director of teaching at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, said: “It has been heartening to see the innovation and creativity in schools, but more than that, there has been a real desire to work together and collaborate as a network in order to support our NHS colleagues and care staff.”