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Viridor helps deliver facemasks PPE to NHS staff

27th April 2020

Viridor staff have stepped in to help deliver medical PPE to NHS primary care trusts.

Collections Business Manager Ian Phillips and the team at Earls Barton collections unit in Northamptonshire organised for 9,000 face masks to be collected in Yorkshire, following an appeal for help from the PPE developers.

The equipment was then distributed by Viridor Driver Supervisor Simon Young (pictured below) to sites in the Midlands and the South East, helping to ensure it reached healthcare staff treating Coronavirus patients in hospitals.


Ian (pictured below) said: “The people making the masks are over the moon with it. I keep getting messages from them saying ‘thank you so much’.

“Before they were trying to load all the masks into their own cars to take them to hospitals, but the cars were simply not big enough for the phenomenal number of masks being produced.”


The developers of the PPE masks are Ian’s relatives - the Grilli family.

They started making the equipment in their front room using 3D printers and materials which they bought with money raised through crowdfunding.

So far their facemasks have been used in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Barnet General, Boston Hospital, Chelmsford Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, High Wycombe Hospital, Kingston Hospital, London Ambulance Service, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Northwick Park, Queen Charlotte & Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth Birmingham, Royal Free, Royal Derby Hospital, Sheffield Northern General Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, UCLH, UHCW, Walsall Hospital, Warwick Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital.

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