Housebuilders support group’s bid to provide face visors for NHS heroes

Housebuilders support group’s bid to provide face visors for NHS heroes

Two Midlands housebuilders have joined forces to support volunteers making free face shields for frontline NHS staff.

Bellway and Ashberry Homes have teamed up to donate £1,000 to Broken Souls Animal Rescue, which is aiming to distribute 20,000 protective visors to hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and first responders across the region.

The group, whose normal fundraising activities have been cancelled because of the lockdown, decided to turn their hand to making the visors after hearing about the shortage of protective equipment available to frontline staff.

They have already purchased enough material to make almost 16,000 visors and have appealed for donations to enable them to reach their target.

Developer donates £500

Bellway answered the call after being approached by two volunteers who live close to its Woodland Rise development in Hartshorne, Derbyshire. The developer agreed to donate £500 to the cause and enlisted the support of staff at Ashberry Homes whose Hartshorne View development is next door. They too, have donated £500 to the appeal.

Visors have already been distributed to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, Derby Royal Infirmary, Burton Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Nuffield Hospitals, Swadlincote GP Alliance and numerous care homes across the region.

Stephen Greaves, a volunteer at Broken Souls Animal Rescue, said:

“As the fundraising events we normally attend have been cancelled, we have turned our attention to making face visors to help our NHS heroes fighting Covid-19. 

“We are extremely grateful to Bellway and Ashberry Homes for their kind donations. This money, together with the other donations we have received, has enabled us to purchase the materials needed to make almost 16,000 visors.

“However, thousands more are needed. A donation of £1 will enable us to make four visors so I would urge anyone who can to please donate and help us protect those risking their own lives to protect others during this crisis.”

Marie Richards, Sales Director at Bellway West Midlands, said:

“As soon as we were approached by volunteers from Broken Souls Animal Rescue, we knew we wanted to support their appeal.

“It’s a great example of people coming together to help others in a time of crisis and shows the country at its very best.”

Carolyne Watkinson, Sales Director at Ashberry Homes East Midlands, said:

“We are all indebted to the brave men and women fighting this virus on the frontline so it’s fantastic to see such a well-coordinated effort by volunteers to provide them with this vital protective equipment.

“I applaud Broken Souls Animal Rescue for this fantastic campaign and would encourage other businesses to support their efforts.”

For more information about the appeal, visit 

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