Cumbrian companies have been thanked for their response to a call for donations of personal protective equipment for use by health workers.

The Local Resilience Forum’s Business and Economic Response and Recovery Group has made the call for firms to donate spare PPE.

Jo Lappin, who is chair of the group and chief executive of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said many businesses have already responded with offers of protective equipment.

However, she said there was a constant need to replenish the supply line, particularly in the case of IIR fluid repellent face masks, surgical face masks, gloves, aprons and goggles.

She said it is important that donated equipment is European approved clinical standard PPE, meeting the required specifications for use in key services such as the NHS.

The spare equipment will be issued to key medical and social care facilities across Cumbria, with collection available, if needed.

“Your donation really can help to protect our most vulnerable citizens and our most precious assets – our health and social care workers," said Jo.

"What better thing to do for our frontline health care workers and our local community at this time of need.

"Cumbrian businesses are renowned for their community spirit, innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

“However, the need continues."

Companies that have equipment to donate can get in touch with the group by going to

More information about the specification for PPE can be found here