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Rochdale company donates vital equipment to support care effort

20 April 2020

A leading Rochdale manufacturing company has been praised after donating vital protective equipment to support local health and care workers.

Makin Metal Powders provided 130 medically approved FFP2/N95 face masks to help stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide important protection for frontline care staff and vulnerable residents. In addition, they donated £10,000 to the NHS to purchase a ventilator, a much-needed and life-saving piece of equipment.

The company, based at Buckley Road, is one of the largest producers of copper and copper alloy powders in Europe and a pioneer in the field.

Managing director, Jonathan Hood, and group directors, Limin Wang and Huijin He, said the business wanted to play their part to help protect key workers and the people they are caring for.

Jonathan said: "We are proud to have done our bit to support the amazing staff who are doing so much to care and support people at this difficult time. Everyone at our company would like to pass on our thanks and best wishes to everyone across the community who is doing such incredibly invaluable work on behalf of us all. This is the least we could do to help protect people who are on the frontline saving people's lives."

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, the council's cabinet for member for adult care, said: "This is an incredibly kind gesture and the company's donation will play a vital part to support the frontline staff doing such an amazing job caring for elderly and vulnerable residents. We are in regular contact with providers across the local care sector and I know how grateful they are with the personal protective equipment that has been supplied".

He added: "Our proactive approach, with support from companies like Makin Metal Powders, is helping to deliver care to the highest possible standard and protect staff and vulnerable people. A huge thanks to everyone at the company for their wonderful work to support Rochdale's caring effort."

  • Any local business wishing to support with Personal Protective Equipment supplies to the council should email hmrccg.rochdalepperequests@nhs.net
  • You can also call 07794 799003.