London Chamber of Commerce and Industry have teamed up Here To Help London to try and redirect any unused, spare, PPE to the NHS and key workers from any London businesses that have stock sitting at their workplace.
Here To Help London is a new initiative created and supported by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Matharu, to assist London in the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
Tony, also an LCCI board member and Chair of LCCI’s Asian Business Association, established the initiative to help key workers and wider community during the pandemic.
Co-sponsored by Handsfree Group, Blue Orchid Hotels, Integrity International Group and Global Hospitality Services, Here to Help London has provided London’s key NHS workers and others:
- Over 4,500 room nights of safe and independent living accommodation
- Catering and delivery of over 27,000 meals
- 24-7 helpline
- Soap and hand lotion distribution
- Free eggs and sandwiches to vulnerable London residents
- Free pancakes and panetonnes to central London hospitals
- Online tutorials and virtual debates
- Free books
- Online therapy and well-being support
Here To Help London have also provided funding so that the students of Augment Bionics can produce 2000 face-shields per day for the NHS.
Augment Bionics are a medical devices start-up focused on building 3D printed prosthetic arms. In light of COVID-19 they diverted their efforts to provide face shields to the NHS free of charge. Manufacturing commenced at a sanitised workshop at Latymer Upper School, with former students of the school also offering their help.
Having delivered the 3D printed face-visors to hospitals and GP practices across London on a daily basis since Easter Monday, with their electric vehicles courtesy of Handsfree Group, Here to Help London saw first-hand the significant impact and value of vital face-protection to front line medics.
LCCI linked up with Here To Help London to try and further increase the supply of PPE in the capital towards the NHS. Any businesses with spare, unused PPE at their London workplace can email [email protected] – who will arrange for collection, and then deliver to where it’s needed most.