A consignment of 10,000 medical masks and 10,000 pairs of medical latex gloves from China has been delivered this week to Crossroads Care Surrey, a charity working with unpaid carers based in Leatherhead, serving people across Surrey.

The consignment is part of a huge donation of medical supplies made by the Bank of China and the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal (TLMA). The TLMA is the official charity of the City of London.

The masks and medical gloves were delivered to Crossroads Care Surrey earlier this week by Mr John McLean OBE. Mr McLean is Head of China-UK relations for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and is also Chair of Carers Trust, a leading UK charity for unpaid carers. Carers Trust operates a network of over 130 charities providing local services, information and support right across the UK. Crossroads Care Surrey is one of Carers Trust’s Network Partners.

As part of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal commitment to getting the CCCUK donation of PPE equipment to NHS hospitals, carers and care homes, Mr McLean is leading further consignments of PPE equipment to another 20 Carers Trust Network Partner charities in the coming days.

Speaking after his delivery of PPE equipment, Chair of Carers Trust, John McLean, said:

“Even before Coronavirus, life for the UK’s unpaid carers was extremely challenging due to the need to spend almost all their time at home caring for loved ones. Coronavirus has made a bad situation for carers much, much worse with many experiencing extreme isolation as a result of the need to stay at home with those they care for. So now is the time to really step up and be there for carers who are the backbone of our society.

“On behalf of both the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Carers Trust, I am thrilled we have been able to get this PPE equipment to Carers Trust’s local partners like Crossroads Care Surrey. We are extremely grateful to CCCUK member, the Bank of China, for making this donation of such vital protective equipment. The equipment means the carer workers provided by Caring Together will continue to have the PPE they need when visiting homes. Their work makes life that bit easier for unpaid carers and their families right across Surrey.”

Terry Hawkins, Business Development Director at Crossroads Care Surrey, said:

“On behalf of Crossroads Care Surrey, I am delighted that we have been able to partner with Carers Trust on this project. We are extremely grateful for the PPE equipment, including face masks and gloves. We are very grateful to the Bank of China for providing the funding to purchase this equipment which will help safeguard our care teams as they support vulnerable people in the community. Like all organisations we have found it very difficult to source PPE for our staff, and although we are currently unable to provide our normal face to face services, we are providing a community shopping and medicine collection service across Surrey during this pandemic. This vital PPE equipment will help us to continue with this really important service which has grown significantly as the lockdown is extended”