A care home hit by a shortage of vital equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus has hailed the donation of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser by Northampton College – saying it will ‘help keep staff safe’.
Balmoral Place, in Kingsthorpe, hit national headlines at the weekend when it was revealed staff were facing a ‘critical’ shortage of equipment as they continued to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.
After seeing the reports, Northampton College was able to step in – donating its reserves of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser which were going spare.
The goods were delivered by Andy Seymour from the college, who said: “We were only too happy to step in and help. We’re all in this together at the minute and anything we can do to ease the situation for others is obviously a good thing to do. We are very much the college in the community and we will continue to do all we can to offer our support to those who need it the most.”
Balmoral Place is part of the Mears Group of care homes. Based in Kingsthorpe, it is a development of 80 affordable homes offering a positive lifestyle choice for older people in Northampton.
Housing Scheme Manager Jo Robey said: “Thank you very much for the donation, it is much appreciated and will go towards keeping the staff safe.”
The donation is just part of the community work undertaken by the college since the outbreak began. A number of food parcels were handed out to vulnerable families while deliveries of essential supplies have also been made to Northampton General Hospital and The Hope Centre.
A spokesman for The Hope Centre said: “The stock we have received from Northampton College is fantastic. With it, we are feeding 100 or so homeless people a day plus people in the wider community who are in need.”
A Northampton College student has been shortlisted for a coveted national award aiming to recognise the ‘Rising Stars’ of radio.
Will Oelrich, who is studying a BTEC in Multimedia Journalism at Booth Lane, is one of three finalists in the ‘BBC Sounds Rising Talent 16-18’ category of the Young Audio Awards.
Having secured a series of work experience opportunities with regional broadcast media, including BBC Radio Northampton and ITV Anglia, Will has developed his presenting skills on NLive Radio 106.9FM – the community-focused local radio station run in partnership with The University of Northampton.
Four Northampton College business students are holding a charity fun run to raise money for a teenager who suffers hundreds of seizures every single day.
Olivia Stokes, Lewis Knowlton, Isabelle Bull and Maria Sirghi – who are all studying Level 3 Business Project Management – are staging the 5km event in Abington Park from 11am on Saturday, February 29 in support of local charity LifeForLewis.
Lewis, aged 17, has tried numerous ways to manage his condition, including dietary changes and oxygen therapy, but he still suffers from multiple severe seizures on a daily basis.
Olivia said: “Lewis is diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, a rare and severe kind of epilepsy which starts during childhood. Lewis' parents have continued fundraising for their son as they need numerous disability-specific items and equipment that are not available through the NHS or statutory services.
“Lewis is severely disabled and unable to do anything for himself. He relies on his parents for all his personal care needs. He requires 24 hour care on a daily basis, his parents had to give up their work to look after him.
“We have chosen to do a small 5k fun run in honour of Lewis' father, Gary Herbert. Gary is doing 52 marathons in 52 weeks for Lewis' appeal, and has already completed 22 runs.”
The 5km fun run in Abington Park costs £5 to enter. Anyone interested in taking part can register via a dedicated Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RaceForLewis/
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