Mail Force delivers PPE for care home run by nuns

Mail Force delivers PPE for care home run by nuns… where early lockdown has helped keep residents coronavirus-free

  • Since March 13, the home has sealed itself off from the outside world  
  • The Mail Force delivery was dropped off on the care home’s outdoor terrace to comply with its rigorous rules on social distancing during the lockdown  
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A care home run by an order of nuns has kept coronavirus-free after imposing a lockdown ten days early. 

Now the 36 residents at the Presentation Sisters Care Centre – many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, including several retired nuns – are being helped to keep safe, thanks to Mail Force. 

The care home has been one of the first to receive a donation of Turkish-made gowns used to prevent person-to-person transmission of coronavirus. 

Since March 13, the home has sealed itself off from the outside world to prevent the virus getting in – and remains in lockdown despite the easing of restrictions around Britain. 

All visits are banned and residents do not go out. Staff, while allowed to go home, are minimising their contact with anyone outside of work. 

Mail Force charity delivers PPE to Presentation Sisters Care Home in Matlock, Derbyshire

That decision, and an enhanced cleaning regime, has meant there has not been a single case. 

The adjoining convent, which is home to 25 sisters, is following the same rules. Members of the order can join church services via iPads. 

In a message to Daily Mail readers, many of whom have kindly donated to the Mail Force charity, Sister Eileen Keating said: ‘Thank you so very much for your wonderful gifts. I’m so amazed at people’s generosity. 

‘It makes you stop and think – here are readers, just ordinary people, doing this. There is so much generosity out there – we don’t always hear about it.’ 

She added: ‘We have staff who are dedicated and have forgotten themselves for the greater good. The situation has brought out the best of people. 

‘The home is open to all – you don’t have to have a faith to be there and 99 per cent of the staff are non-Catholic. 

‘It is our duty, as religious people, as Christians, to give them the very best care.’ Jayne Carnall manages the home – a former hotel in Matlock, Derbyshire, which was later used as a girls’ boarding school run by the same order of nuns. 

She said: ‘We found out the other day from local doctors that we were one of only a few care homes in north Derbyshire which have had no cases. 

‘We consider ourselves thankful and extremely fortunate that… we have created a very sterile environment in the home.’ 

Praising readers for their donations to the Mail Force charity, Mrs Carnall said: ‘A situation like this sees humanity at its best and we are very grateful for what we have received.’ 

The Mail Force delivery was dropped off on the care home’s outdoor terrace to comply with its rigorous rules. 

Resident Audrey Crehan, 89, a retired cook and great grandmother, said: ‘I think it’s fantastic people are helping in this way. 

It’s a great idea.’ The home is the only one in the UK run by the Presentation Sisters, an order of Roman Catholic nuns founded in Cork, Ireland, in the 18th Century. 

Beaming care staff YOU have helped! 

By Claire Duffin

Care home workers beamed with delight as they took delivery of boxes of personal protective equipment. 

The haul included more than 100 gowns with full-length sleeves which arrived in the UK from Turkey this week after being transported by Mail Force.

Staff at Bank House have so far managed to keep Covid-19 at bay. They are caring for 20 elderly people, including some who have dementia or have suffered a stroke. 

Visitors have been banned, so staff came out to collect the delivery, which also included 1,000 masks and 3,000 single-use aprons. 

Deputy manager Helen Mullinder said the delivery was ‘everything’. 

(Left to right) Kirsten Buck, Nikki Rose, Jane Broom, Kate Brennan, Callum Wapstra, Shirley Richards and Dep. Manager Helen Millinder with a PPE Delivery to Bank House Residential Care home, Newport, Shropshire

Mrs Mullinder, who has worked at Bank House for 32 years, said staff had been working flat out and added: ‘We haven’t had a case yet and all the staff are working really hard to keep it that way.’ 

She said their usual supplier was finding it difficult to source PPE. 

Reader Sheila Wagg, whose brother Brian, 70, is a resident at the home in Newport, Shropshire, contacted Mail Force to ask for help. 

Mrs Wagg, from north Staffordshire, said her brother has been at the home for two years and ‘loves it there’. 

She added: ‘They are so kind and treat him as family.’ 

She said she worried the home might not be able to afford adequate PPE, and added: ‘When I read about the extraordinary success of the Mail Force campaign it seemed an answer to a prayer. You are lifesavers; literally.’

HERE’S HOW TO DONATE 

Mail Force Charity has been launched with one aim to help support NHS staff, volunteers and care workers fight back against Covid-1 in the UK.

Mail Force is a separate charity established and supported by the Daily Mail and General Trust. 

The money raised will fund essential equipment required by the NHS and care workers. 

This equipment is vital in protecting the heroic staff whilst they perform their fantastic work in helping the UK overcome this pandemic.

If we raise more money than is needed for vital Covid-1 equipment, we will apply all funds to support the work of the NHS in other ways.

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