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Leisure centres in the Braintree District donate PPE to care workers

Leisure centres in the Braintree District donate PPE to care workers

Braintree Sport Health Club, Halstead Leisure Centre, Witham Leisure Centre and Braintree Swimming & Fitness have all contributed to the PPE appeal

Braintree District Council’s four leisure centres, operated by Fusion Lifestyle, have donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Essex County Council to support those who work in adult and children social care across Essex.

Fusion responded to Essex County Council’s renewed appeal for PPE last week and staff from Braintree Sport Health Club, Halstead Leisure Centre, Witham Leisure Centre and Braintree Swimming & Fitness have now donated more than 2,000 pairs of overshoes, more than 1,000 pairs of disposable gloves, 250 face masks and two full face shields.

Fusion closed its leisure centres on March 20 after the Prime Minister announced that cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres should close in response to the pandemic.

Carl Bentley, regional manager for Fusion, said: “We are very much part of the local community so we are pleased that our PPE will now be used by those on the front line who are doing an amazing job caring for the most vulnerable people.”

Cllr Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing at Braintree District Council, said: “I would like to thank Fusion and our leisure centre staff for donating this much needed equipment to carers in the county, helping to keep them safe while they put themselves in harm’s way during this unprecedented time. I know so many businesses in the community have answered Essex County Council’s call for more PPE and that they have been overwhelmed by the response.”

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Essex County Council, said: “The response from Fusion & Braintree District Council is very welcome, and we would like to thank them – and other donating businesses in the district - for working in partnership with us to support PPE requirements for those local front line services”.