As the nation continues to come together to battle Covid-19, support for the heroic frontline medical staff is constantly required in all shapes and forms, even down to essential toiletries that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff require after a long, hard shift.
Roscommon man Howard Simpson took on the challenge of raising awareness and sourcing donations in response to a simple appeal he came across on Twitter. A doctor based in Beaumont Hospital tweeted to request self-care products for frontline medical staff working in the ICU in need of washing up products to use once they have removed personal protective equipment after their eight-to-twelve-hour shift, so that that they are safe to return home to their families and friends.
In just two weeks, over €13,000 has been raised in response to the initiative that Howard Simpson set up to support this appeal and now ‘Covid Care Packs’ are being distributed to 27 hospitals around Ireland.
Having recently set up a GoFundMe page to raise an initial target of €10,000, Howard and his extended family are now working to pack shower gel, shampoo and wipes that they have accumulated with the help of Irish brands like WaterWipes, who were one of the first companies to join the cause. As of Tuesday 21st of April, 3,000 packets of WaterWipes have been pledged, along with Nivea shower gel, Radox shampoo and additional shower gel products supplied by Primeline, with the greatly welcomed offer from Fastway Couriers to deliver the products to the medical staff in need.
Howard hopes that he can support frontline workers in combatting the spread of the coronavirus among staff who continue to work in the affected hospitals.
“The public reaction and general support for our fundraising has been amazing”.
Howard is calling on the public to continue to support the campaign in order to be able to continue helping the frontline healthcare staff. To contribute to the ongoing fundraiser visit Howard’s GoFundMe page: gf.me/u/xtvzxx