Latha Kathirkamathamby leads an excellent team at Blue Crystal Care Agency, where the emphasis is on choosing kind and compassionate caregivers for their clients and looking after them as if they were family members. Latha has had some difficulty obtaining PPE and with prices going up threefold she was delighted to receive FREE PPE from Kit4Carers. Latha has won many plaudits for her work and appeared in the 2019 Parliamentary Review representing Best Practice in the care sector, in recognition of their quality service.
Kit4Carers has teamed up with Carers Worldwide in Southern India to give unemployed carers and disabled people the ability to earn an income by making high-quality, reusable face masks. The masks have been made from breathable cotton, elastic and thread procured locally and checked by a supervisor. The income they receive has helped each person support their family for a month.
The finished products have been distributed to local healthcare workers (known as ASHAs), healthcare centres and the district hospital in Karnataka state. Your donations and our efforts have helped provide free face masks, hand sanitiser and aprons for 3,500 local care workers. It goes to show how a little can go a long way!
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice provides clinical, practical and emotional support to babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families living in North and Central London and Hertsmere. Every child receives a bespoke package of support including specialist care and therapies as well as access to a busy and fun-filled family activities programme. Emma Pleass was thrilled to receive sets of face masks, aprons and pairs of gloves which were donated by Kit4Carers.
Kit4Carers has made new friends when it delivered sets of certified PPE to Noah’s Ark, the North London Hospice and Blue Crystal Care Agency at the weekend. PPE is expensive, and costs roughly £20 a day for ONE carer – that’s a bill of £15,000 to protect just 25 carers for a single month.
Covid-19 is very much here and a second wave may yet come so it’s essential we keep supporting carers in the community by providing free PPE. We need only to raise another £4,765 to have enough money to order the next batch of PPE – please help us to reach this total by giving what you can now.
Face masks are not perfect but they reduce the chances of catching or passing on Coronavirus significantly. In care settings it’s essential that protective kit is worn and changed regularly to limit the likelihood of infection. Please give generously to our registered charity and help protect our brilliant, dedicated carers!
From all the team at Kit4Carers!
Kit4Carers is on a mission with Caretech Charitable Foundation to raise £100,000 to provide FREE PPE to community carers in the UK and developing nations.
Our charitable status as part of CareTech Charitable Foundation means we can now claim gift aid on donations made by UK registered taxpayers and gives us the credibility to raise funds from other sources such as companies, trusts and philanthropic institutions.
Established in 2017, the CareTech Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making corporate foundation registered with the Charity Commission (Charity Number 1182567). The Foundation delivers meaningful impact to communities in the UK and overseas by supporting and championing the social care sector, care workers and those living in care. Funded and founded by CareTech Holdings PLC, the Foundation has an independent Board of trustees responsible for delivering its Charitable Objects.
The team at Caretech Charitable Foundation is providing a grant, administration services for free and assisting with promoting our initiative.
Jonathan Freeman, CareTech Charitable Foundation’s CEO commented, “The Foundation is delighted to be supporting this important new initiative, adding a further boost to the support we have provided to help the social care sector to respond to the massive challenges of the COVID19 pandemic.”
LIKE LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER?
During the Covid-19 pandemic, without access to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), care home workers and other carers in the community are risking their lives – and the lives of those they look after. As ITV News reported, they are “like lambs to the slaughter”.
That’s why Kit4Carers urgently needs your help to get FREE PPE to carers working with the most needy and vulnerable people in our communities.
Kit4Carers brings together a diverse group of professionals from healthcare, finance, legal and marketing backgrounds who all believe that carers in communities should have the same access to PPE as health professionals.
Kit4Carers is led by Dr Pramod Prabhakaran, an NHS Consultant, Hassan Chaudhury, international trade expert & ex-social worker and Omar Butt, innovation leader from Vita Healthcare Solutions and Angus Robertson from Curzon Private Office. The wider team is drawn from clinicians, medical officers, former NHS staff, procurement and logistics experts, healthcare communications, shipping and freight experts with family offices, legal, accounting and administrative support.
Prince Ade Ade-Odunlade
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust: www.linkedin.com/in/prince-ade-ade-odunlade-83616411
Dr Junaid Bajwa
is a practicing physician, and Board Member (for University College Hospital (London), & Nahdi Medical Company (KSA)): www.linkedin.com/in/junaidbajwa/
Dr Malcolm Barratt-Johnson
PharmaMedic Consultancy Ltd: www.linkedin.com/in/malcolmbarratt-johnson/
Imperial College Health Partners: www.linkedin.com/in/omar-butt-49a51635
Dr Nav Chana
General Practitioner, Chair,
National Association of Primary Care:
Dr Navin Chandra
NHS Consultant Child Psychiatrist:
Specialist (Digital Health &Data) Department of International Trade: www.linkedin.com/in/hchaudhury
Event Director & Head of Partnerships
Health + Care and the Digital Healthcare Show:
Royal College of Nursing
Future Care Capital: www.linkedin.com/in/ddawes
Glassmoon Strategies Ltd: www.linkedin.com/in/carole-edmondglassmoon19/
Prof Andrew George
Imperial College Health partners
Health Education England
Health Research Authority: www.linkedin.com/in/ajtgltd
Clear Artificial Intelligence: www.linkedin.com/in/stevenrhamblin
CHCIO (International) CEng, MBA (Exec), BSc (Hons): www.linkedin.com/in/nicola-haywood-alexander-9809546/
Dr Alex Lewis
Ernst & Young, UK & Ireland: www.linkedin.com/in/alex-lewis-3a835822
Head of Business Development
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust:
Dr Pravin Prabhakaran
NHS Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist: www.linkedin.com/in/pravin-prabhakaran-9ba47492
Curzon Private Office: www.linkedin.com/in/angusrobertson
Blue Crystal Care Agency: www.linkedin.com/in/latha-kathirkamathamby
Bird & Bird: www.linkedin.com/in/simon-shooter-8190378/
Future Care Capital:
Salix & Co:
SThree Group: www.linkedin.com/in/freddie-raben-221729198/
Kit4Carers has access to an established worldwide network of manufacturers of PPE such as face masks, gowns and gloves and testing kits.It means that even at a time when most of the world is chasing the same PPE and the main manufacturing countries face their own challenges with COVID-19, Kit4Carers will be able to source and ship materials quicker than other organisations who face multiple procurement issues.
Kit4Carers has extensive expertise in sourcing, financing and distributing high quality, ethically produced PPE, and will work with charities and other community and voluntary sector organisations, to ensure that this vital PPE is delivered to frontline care staff, fast.