Housebuilder donates face masks and gloves to NHS

Persimmon Homes has stepped in to help the NHS by donating hundreds of much-needed face masks and gloves.

Persimmon has gathered all of the spare PPE normally used on its building sites and handed it over to be utilised by doctors and nurses on the frontline as the battle against Covid-19 intensifies.

Donations include face masks, latex gloves, goggles, glasses and hand sanitiser. The equipment has been handed straight to local hospitals.

The NHS is in desperate need of all safety gear due to a global shortage, forcing some hospitals to try and source equipment independently to keep employees safe from infection.

Dave Jenkinson, Chief Executive of Persimmon Homes, said: “I am delighted that our regional businesses right across the country have stepped up and donated this equipment to hospitals in need.

“Our NHS is doing a tremendous job in this fight against coronavirus. We all appreciate the work the doctors and nurses are doing to look after people in need and we’re pleased that we can help in this small way. They deserve to be as protected as possible.”

In order to protect the health of its employees, Persimmon has taken the decision to commence an orderly closedown of building work and temporarily close its sales offices across the country.

During the crisis, Persimmon is supporting groups which benefit people aged over-70 with £64,000 of grants every month through its Community Champions scheme.

Community Champions has run since 2015, giving away two grants of £1,000 in each of the company’s 32 operating regions every month.

It has been decided that the money will be targeted at over-70s groups for the foreseeable future.

Applications for Community Champions can be made at

Mr Jenkinson added: “Persimmon Homes is determined to do whatever we can to help the country through the difficult weeks and months ahead. As a management team we are considering ways we can do that.”