East Suffolk PPE are a local business made up of a collective of individuals consisting of laser cutters, tailors & seamstresses, plus a network of volunteers, who have come together in order to produce and donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency and healthcare workers in the community. At present, they are manufacturing face shields, mask clips, and fabric masks, and are expanding their product range to include wipe-able aprons and scrubs/scrub bags. All of the materials used by East Suffolk PPE are being funded by donations via the popular online fundraising facilitator, GoFundMe (details can be found at the end of this article).
Andy Gardiner, director of Scorch Wood and the mastermind behind the recently formed organisation, reached out to us (Saxon Packaging) via our website, and informed us of his efforts and his packaging requirements. A little different to what we usually receive enquiries for (predominantly food and beverage packaging), Andy explained that they were looking for packaging to (1) store the PPE equipment without having a negative impact to their sterile condition and (2) that would enable them to ship these goods safely.
Dan Peek, Customer Service & Internal Key Account Manager, along with Andy Smith, General Manager at Saxon Packaging, gave some thought to this requirement and not only came up with a solution for East Suffolk PPE but also decided that we would support their cause by donating 500 fit-for-purpose corrugated boxes to assist in fulfilling their deliveries to the critical supply chain, which includes Norfolk & Norwich University, Ipswich and Addebrookes Hospital, E-Zec Patient Transport and various care homes!
Pictured: Andy Gardiner, East Suffolk PPE with his packaging courtesy of Saxon Packaging.
“During these times of uncertainty and unity, we immediately felt that this was something we (Saxon Packaging) were able to support. Andy and his teams work to provide critical equipment to the NHS and other local emergency & healthcare organisations is extremely heart-warming and what company wouldn’t want to play a role in supporting such a great cause. We are delighted to have provided and to have had the opportunity to support the East Suffolk PPE with what we do best – packaging!” said Dan.
“To date, we have delivered over 600 shields, 150 masks and 750 mask clips. Currently we have we’ve been asked to supply as many face shields as we can each week to James Paget Hospital and several wards at Ipswich Hospital. We have requests for masks, plus other PPE equipment, from the NHS, local care homes, hospices and charities like the blood riders, with more coming in every day. We’re very grateful for the support from Saxon Packaging in providing packaging for our personal protective equipment” Andy Gardiner – East Suffolk PPE.
East Suffolk PPE are currently accepting donations via GoFundMe. Click here to donate.
Should you have your own requirements for PPE, please contact East Suffolk PPE via their website: www.eastsuffolkppe.co.uk.