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April, 2020

The Good News #2

Feeling a little low after another week of lockdown? Don’t fear, Workbrands are here with The Good News. Welcome to the second of our weekly blog series that we’re using to shout about the businesses, organisations and people across all industries who are making a positive impact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bristol Dry Gin
We’ve discovered our favourite hand sanitiser, huzzah! The fabulous Bristol Dry Gin have started producing their own hand sanitiser, using alcohol, aloe vera gel, juniper oil and lemon oil. We’ve tried it and it’s fantastic. It’s a great way to support a local business and help combat the current shortage of hand sanitiser. Bristol Dry Gin are also donating hand sanitiser to the NHS, matching the volume of every 250ml bottle sold to customers. Southmead hospital has already benefitted from a bulk shipment! The company statement said “The £5.00 hand sanitiser is made to the World Health Organisation formulation and comes in a recyclable Bristol blue bottle, inspired by 6 O’clock Gin’s award-winning London Dry bottle.” Key workers and those on the frontline are able to buy it at a reduced, cost to produce price. It’s currently sold out, so keep your eye out for when it’s back in stock (and maybe order a bottle of gin or two, we won’t judge) on the Bristol Dry Gin website

As schools, nurseries and colleges across the UK have shut their doors in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading food company Heinz has pledged to provide 12 million breakfasts to school children who are now starting the day without their free school meal. Sharing a post titled “Breakfast isn’t going anywhere” across its social media channels, the company announced that it has committed to providing the 12 million free breakfasts for the many school children who will need them the most. To reach those in need and provide them with access to the meals, Heinz is working with Magic Breakfast, a charity which provides health school breakfasts to hungry and malnourished children in disadvantaged areas of the UK. Find out more info on the Heinz website.

Ani Stafford-Townsend
Bristol milliner Ani Stafford-Townsend usually makes hats for stage and screen productions, you might have seen some of her work in Poldark or even a pantomime. However, during the current pandemic, she’s turned her attention to face masks. Ani’s masks are made from the same material as used in certified personal protective equipment (PPE) wear, but as a non-certified producer the NHS is unable to accept them. Ani is selling the masks for £3 to keyworkers and £6 for non-keyworkers, which will fund the keyworker masks. The masks are washable but not certified so therefore not suitable for frontline workers. Order yours here.

University of the West England
The University of the West England (aka UWE) have begun work to transform their Exhibition and Conference Centre on the Frenchay Campus into a 300 bed, temporary Nightingale Hospital to provide hundreds of extra beds if local services need them during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Student accommodation that’s currently not in use will also be made available to NHS staff at the Frenchay campus to provide workers with easy access to the new emergency facility. You can read further details of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol on the NHS North Bristol website.

A word to the wise, there are countless amazing initiatives at the moment, far too many for us to cram into one blog post, we’re just highlighting some of our favourites. If we’ve taken your fancy, why not peruse more of our blogs here.