Thanet charities appeal for PPE donations

East Kent Mencap and Pilgrims Hospices appeal for PPE

Two Thanet charities are appealing for help to make sure their staff have personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus crisis.

East Kent Mencap, which provides critical support for people with a learning disability, is appealing for donations of face masks, aprons and plastic visors as their supplies are running worryingly low.

Chief Executive, Jason Gerlack, said: “We have welfare colleagues struggling to care for vulnerable people who are themselves being placed at serious risk. We urgently need PPE to protect them but have been told we may have to wait weeks for the next delivery.”

If there are any local business in East Kent with supplies not being used or groups that are making equipment, East Kent Mencap would like to hear from them so their amazing front line staff can continue their vital work as safely as possible.

You can also donate to the appeal to fund urgent equipment at Virgin Money Giving, which can be accessed here.

The appeal is raising funds for PPE, equipment to stay in contact with isolated people including mobile phones, tablets and laptops and to maintain core services until the clubs and groups can open again.

To offer your help, call: 01843 22 44 82 x570 or email: [email protected]

Pilgrims Hospice, which provides end of life care, is also asking for help with PPE supplies.

The hospice is working closely both nationally and locally to ensure it has sufficient stocks of ppe but with the increased need the charity continues to source the necessary equipment by finding  alternative.

Pilgrims is asking anyone who has a supply of surgical masks, waterproof disposal aprons, disposable gloves, eye protection or scrubs to contact them so they can arrange collection.

To help email [email protected]


  1. I don’t think that either Roger or Craig cares a fig.
    They both voted down a payrise for health workers in 2017. In the same year, their government ignored a plea from the NHS for a stockpile of PPE, because it would have been too expensive. This government has disbanded the Pandemic Preparedness Team.

  2. This morning on BBC Breakfast a Care Home manager said that they have to pay VAT on PPE, why? This Tory government is heartless!

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