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An update: donating our hygiene products to local care homes and key workers

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog post about donating our hygiene products to local care homes and key workers. How are you all feeling today? I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and managing okay.

It’s such an unprecedented time for all of us – suddenly we’ve been thrown into a situation that we don’t have a rule book for. I have been touched to see so many people coming together to support one another and stick together – It’s been amazing to see.

COMMUNITY AT HEART

Coming from a small Yorkshire village, I’ve always had community at my heart. After all, I first started my chain of businesses because I wanted to help women and men look and feel great. If you don’t know too much about me, I own several beauty brands which consist of Karen Betts Professional, K.B Pro, HD Brows, Nouveau Lashes and Nouveau Skin Therapy. All brands that seek to empower, encourage self-care and build confidence.

Because my brands centre around working closely on clients and bringing them professional, in-salon treatments, we use a variety of different hygiene products which we always have in stock in our warehouse. We also sell the same hygiene products to our professionally trained artists and technicians across the beauty industry.

THE PPE SHORTAGE

The focus in our news updates swiftly became centred around the fact that our NHS, care facilities and other care workers didn’t have enough personal protection equipment (PPE) to allow them to do their jobs safely. PPE and hygiene products are so essential in trying to keep people safe and keep the Coronavirus at bay whilst caring for our communities and providing essential services to keep much-needed facilities and processes going. As care homes, family care centres and funeral homes within South, West and East Yorkshire started telling of their shortage, I knew that I would be able to make a few donations on behalf of my businesses to try and help.

My partner Dave and I headed to our warehouse to gather as much supplies as we could so that we could try to help our local communities. My team and I were absolutely thrilled when we realised that we had 100,000 units of hygiene products (including hand sanitiser, gloves and masks) that we could donate. We quickly got to work in speaking with our local care homes who told us what they needed.

An update: donating our hygiene products to local care homes and key workers | Loading our HD Brows delivery van

DONATING OUR HYGIENE PRODUCTS

Together, my team and I packed up our HD Brows delivery van and began delivering hygiene products and organising collections. I can’t tell you what a humbling experience it was to be able to help in this way. I decided to share my donation story in the hope that I’d be able to help other key workers in my area and the surrounding area – the response was incredible. We managed to help several more care homes with donations before reaching the end of our stock.

“We received our donation today and I cannot thank you enough. The generosity of the company is truly amazing. It has truly taken me and my teams to tears to see how a business such as yours can help our charity.” – Sir Josiah Mason Trust

An update: donating our hygiene products to local care homes and key workers

A FINAL NOTE

I think it’s important to note that donating doesn’t have to mean donating physical items. It could simply be donating your time to help those around you – checking in on your neighbours (from a safe distance, of course) or helping with the NHS volunteers service. I know that so many people are desperate to help in some way but can’t due to health reasons. This is okay – sometimes the best thing you can do is simply stay home and stay safe. By doing this, you are actively helping to save lives, and easing the pressure on our fantastic NHS.

Below you can find a list of the amazing places that we have donated our hygiene products to. On behalf of all of us here, I would like to say a massive thank you to all of them for the fantastic work that they are doing.

Sir Josiah Mason Trust
Featherstone Family Services
New Haven Care Home
Ernelesthorp Care Home
Oaks Park Primary Care Centre
Warde Aldam Nursing Home
Garden Lodge Care Home
Barnsley Healthcare Federation
Helping Hands – 5 Towns

USEFUL LINKS

To end today’s post, I want to leave you with some useful links that might be helpful for you.

NHS Volunteer Responders
Covid-19 information centre

Until next time, please do take care, stay safe and stay home.

Karen x

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