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Trust's donation set to help fight virus on the frontline

Posted on 7 May 2020
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North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is set to receive a significant boost, with a £10,000 donation from Dalry Parish Boundary Trust and Community Windpower.

The money will assist in the purchase of infra-red thermometers which are currently being sourced for all Care at Home staff.  The generous donation from the Trust will allow additional thermometers to be purchased for staff in Care Homes and the Council’s Community Hubs.

These thermometers will enable staff on the frontline to assess care users for fever - one of the main symptoms of COVID-19.

Dalry Parish Boundary Trust is a private trust comprising six trustees.  It was founded in 2014 by Community Windpower to distribute the community benefit funds from the Millour Hill Community Wind Farms for the benefit of residents, voluntary groups and businesses in Dalry parish.

As well as donating to the HSCP, the Trust also recently gave £1800 to Anam Cara Dementia Respite Centre in Kilbirnie for the purchase of tablets so that service can users stay in touch with relatives during the pandemic.  They also contributed £5k to North Ayrshire Foodbank to help supply food to those most in need. 

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for the Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “On behalf of everyone at the HSCP, I would like to whole-heartedly thank Dalry Parish Boundary Trust and Community Windpower for their generous donation.

“This will go some way to assist us in equipping Care at Home, Care Home and Community Hub staff with vital equipment that will help in the fight against the virus.

“As a fever is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, these thermometers will be invaluable as they will allow our staff to quickly and easily assess possible symptoms while exercising best practice in relation to infection control.”

Councillor Robert Barr, Chairperson of Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, said: “The whole committee along with Community Windpower are delighted to support the HSCP in the provision of this valuable piece of equipment which will benefit the lives of people across the whole of North Ayrshire.

“It is crucial that we, as a community, come together to help one another during this unprecedented time.  We hope this donation, along with those we have given to other organisations and groups vital in the fight against the crisis, will go some way to assist.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates Millour Hill and Dalry Community Wind Farms, said: “Care workers in North Ayrshire do a fantastic job and we’re pleased to be able to help them secure essential equipment to keep them safe while working, through our Covid-19 crisis fund.

“We know the money is going to make a difference right where it’s needed and help those in most need of our support during this pandemic.”