Coronavirus: UK travel firm donates £250,000 worth of equipment to frontline nurses

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that an incredible half a million people volunteered to help the NHS in its battle against coronavirus. The UK Government was aiming for 250,000 volunteers but was completely overwhelmed.


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Mr Johnson said at his daily news conference that all 504,303 would play an “absolutely crucial” role.

The Prime Minister even offered “special thank you to everyone who has now volunteered to help the NHS”.


And now online travel firm Trtl is offering up equipment to nurses in Scotland to help them feel less tired on shift.

Trtl, which is a Scottish company, are donating £250,000 worth of compression socks to stop them feeling fatigued during long shifts.

A total of 5,000 pairs have been given to acute nurses in hospitals across Scotland in the past two weeks.

The firm also plans to contribute a further 5,000 of the vital socks to nurses in London next week.

Unfortunately, the travel company’s sales have fallen by 95 percent but that hasn’t stopped them making the donation.

Chief executive officer of Trtl Michael Corrigan said that he wants to help those on the frontline by donating the surplus socks.

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He said: “Although the compression socks have been most popular with airline travellers, at the start of this year we ran a small campaign with nurses around the world and they were really happy with them.

“Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about how we can contribute in what is the biggest crisis many of us will face in our lifetimes.

“When something like this happens it very rapidly puts things into perspective.

“Nurses across the UK will be tested as never before in the coming weeks and if we can do something to help make the time they spend on their feet more comfortable, we must.


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“I couldn’t just see these socks sitting in a warehouse when they could be helping people saving lives.

“That’s what’s important, and nurses need all the help they can get just now.”

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital have each received 1,000 pairs.

Chief nurse at at Glasgow Royal Infirmary John Stuart said: “We are under no illusions about what we are going to face in the weeks to come.

“Our nurses work incredibly hard and can spend hours and hours on the move during every shift.

“With these compression socks we can help our staff alleviate some of the discomfort and aches associated with being on your feet for long periods of time and help them better face the challenges that are coming our way with covid-19.

“Any gesture like this can help boost morale and hopefully the colourful designs will help brighten the days of our nursing staff.”

Around 11,000 former medics have agreed to return to the health service in a bid to help tackle the growing coronavirus pandemic.

More than 24,000 final year student nurses and medics will also join them.

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