Boomtown donates hand sanitiser and facemasks to key workers facing shortages

by Sam Warrenger
Boomtown Fair Copper County

Boomtown Fair, which yesterday announced the 2020 edition of the festival will not take place, have donated their stocks of hand sanitiser to local organisations in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Around 100 litres of sanitiser found in the festival’s storage units will be distributed to those who need it most by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum.

Earlier this month, the Chair of Hampshire’s Tactical Coordinating Group appealed for donations from businesses to help the Local Resilience Forum protect key workers, including social care workers and other front-line staff. In addition to the hand sanitiser, Boomtown also donated their supplies of face masks and gloves.

Other responses to the appeal included coveralls usually used by railway engineers and face shields donated by Airbus.

After monitoring global developments and scientific advice throughout the pandemic, Boomtown organisers took the decision to cancel the festival after the likely knock-on effects of the current situation on vital and emergency services became clear. The donations of PPE and sanitiser were made before the festival’s cancellation was confirmed.

Boomtown Copper County

Revealing the donations had been made in an email to local residents, Boomtown organisers said: “We recently raided our storage units to see if we had anything that could be used to help the collective effort to safeguard people against the threats of COVID-19. We were over the moon to find 100 litres of hand sanitiser and some small boxes of gloves and face masks that we were able to donate.

“After reaching out to a few places to see where this could make the biggest impact, we are so pleased to have been able to contribute towards the incredible effort currently being run by the Local Resilience Forum (LRF). The LRF partnership ensures Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is prepared for a major incident and brings together all the organisations involved to have a common view of the risks and how prepared they are for them. Specifically for COVID-19 they are collating stocks centrally to ensure ease of access for those organisations who need it the most.

“We really hope that our support goes some way to safeguarding the community and key workers against further risks whilst carrying out such vital work.”

Boomtown 2021 will take place from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th August. Area 404, Boomtown’s indoor venue at their Bristol HQ, will host another ’emergency broadcast’ live stream tonight on their Facebook page.

Featured image credit: Lucas Sinclair
Copper County image credit: Garry Jones

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