15 June 2020
Community News
Tata Steel donating PPE to local health board

The NHS and Swansea Bay Health board were pleased to receive a donation of much needed PPE from Tata Steel to help them in the fight against the Corona Virus today. Four pallets of equipment including protective aprons, overshoes, visors, gloves and face shields was handed over to the Health board and will be utilised by front line staff across the region. 

Richard Williams, Stores Manger Strip UK, made the delivery on behalf of Tata Steel alongside Shift Team Leader Dale Bowen and said ‘Although this is completely out of the norm, I don’t think I have ever felt prouder to work for Tata Steel than I do today, this delivery shows that we really are living the Tata Steel values’  

Dan Kelly, Sourcing and Lifecyle manager procured the required PPE and with a wife working as a Nurse for the NHS he knows how important these items are in the fight against the virus ‘These are unprecedented times but by working together, both in our teams and cross functionally we have been able secure much needed PPE for Tata Steel and the NHS. Being able to do my bit to help support has been massive for me, we really are all in this together’  

This delivery was gratefully received by Teresa Humphreys, Associate Service Director at Swansea Bay Health Board who adds ‘Tata Steel responded so positively, to our call last week, to help us identify alternative sources of PPE for our front-line staff. Your efforts, support and kind words are really appreciated’  

This is a difficult time for everyone, and significant effort has been put in by everyone to support the NHS were possible as well as sourcing PPE for our Tata colleagues so that they can undertake their tasks in the safest possible way.  

Jo Lane, Procurement Director, adds ‘I could not be prouder of the way my team have risen to the challenge faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working under extremely volatile market conditions but my team are working professionally to ensure a security of supply for Tata Steel as well as pushing hard to help the NHS during this time of need. This effort has been led by Dan Kelly and Ian Miller and they deserve significant credit for all items they have been able to source over the last few weeks’.

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