Five trucks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from B&Q and Screwfix are set to leave for the NHS emergency hub today.
A further three million facemasks have also been ordered.
Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and Brico Dépôt, is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical for frontline healthcare workers. There is a global peak in demand, but by ringfencing stock and using our international supply chain, we can help bring essential PPE to where healthcare needs are greatest in our markets. Our colleagues from our stores will also continue to support our communities locally wherever they can.
Since the Covid-19 crisis hit Europe, Kingfisher and its businesses in Europe have ringfenced all their remaining stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) so it can be donated to frontline healthcare workers.
Five trucks containing protective eyewear and masks worth over £200,000 are set to leave our Trentham distribution centre near Stoke to go to the NHS’s Emergency logistics hub in the Midlands today.
Kingfisher also confirms it has ordered a further three million face masks from suppliers in China and Israel that it expects to arrive towards the end of April. These will be for donation to the health authorities in the UK, France, Poland and Romania, or to equip our colleagues who are facilitating our online and click & collect orders in stores.
Kate Anderson at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust which recently received a donation of P3 masks and goggles said: “Our staff are delighted to receive the masks and goggles which will really help to ensure they’re well protected in the coming days and weeks.”
Supporting local health authorities in all our markets
Kingfisher and its retail banners B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, Castorama and Brico Dépôt in France, Poland, Spain and Romania, have made the following additional donations to date, committing over £1m so far:
About Kingfisher plc
At Kingfisher, our purpose is to make home improvement accessible for everyone. Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with over 1,300 stores in 9 countries across Europe, Russia and Turkey, supported by a team of over 77,000 colleagues. We operate under retail brands including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix and Koçtaş. We offer home improvement products and services to nearly six million consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and through our digital channels every week.
Katie Graham: 07899 908483
Alice Anning: 07867 150726
Nigel Cope, Kingfisher plc