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Wiltshire Police 'overwhelmed' by hand gel and glove donations

Hand sanitiser packages that were dropped off at Wiltshire Police's headquarters. Picture credits: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police say they have been 'overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the county' after sending out an appeal for hand sanitiser and gloves.

The Force put out a plea on Twitter on Tuesday, 24 March 2020 for anyone across the county to donate hand sanitiser and/or gloves if they could spare it.

Wiltshire Police say they hadn't yet run out of sanitiser, but were running low.

The day following the appeal, they had received dozens of emails from people and businesses wishing to donate.

One of the offers was fringe Mark Lascelle, headteacher of Dauntsey's School, West Lavington, who dropped off 32 litres of gel in dispensing bags for our officers to use.

Mr Lascelle said:

“We saw the appeal and just wanted to help.  

"We think the work that the police and all emergencies services do is just amazing and wish every single officer and member of staff all the very best over the next few weeks."

(The original appeal sent out by the Force)

Other offers included Ramsbury Brewery, which has started making hand sanitiser instead of beer; The Chapel Nightclub in Salisbury, which offered sanitiser as well as gloves and wipes; and Nina, who runs several hair salons in Wiltshire, offering sanitiser.

Sgt Donna West, who’s been co-ordinating the distribution of supplies, said:

“The response has been amazing and it’s so heart-warming to see so many people coming forward to offer their support in what is an unprecedented time for us all.

“What’s been so touching is that all sorts of people – whether an individual, local company or shop – wanted to help us.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank everyone who has responded to our request – it means so much to every officer and staff member that you think of us like this."

“We will be in touch to co-ordinate collection or delivery.”

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said:

"I never cease to be amazed at the generosity of people in our county. 

"We are all finding these testing times strange as we try and work out our place in all of this. 

"One thing that unites the human race is the sense of purpose, and I have seen this at work in our Force and in my personal life where people are supporting each other with offerings of things like hand gel and protective gloves right through to volunteering to support our public services.

"Thank you to everyone who is supporting our police officers and staff at this difficult time - whatever you are doing." 

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