A charitable insurance broker in Swords has donated €1,000 worth of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to vulnerable people of the town, allowing all members of the community to stay safe during lockdown.
Kind-hearted Joe Bell, owner of You&Us insurance brokers in Swords, contacted a local pharmacy to see if there was anything he could do to help the elderly and their carers during lockdown, purchasing €1,000 worth of PPE to be distributed around town.
Local Independents4Change councillor, Dean Mulligan took charge of the distribution of the essential PPE, and explains how the project came about: 'What happened was, I put up a Facebook post saying I was distributing reusable face masks around the area for people cocooning and asking community groups who needed them to let me know so I could do some orders. I had suppliers doing it for free so they were all being distributed for free.
'So then a local pharmacy had been contacted by Joe, asking if he could help in any way. They got in contact with me asking if I had sources to distribute PPE, because there was a gentleman insurance broker in the area who would love to donate PPE to people in the area who are vulnerable, cocooning and their carers.'
He says: 'I was using social media for people to tell me there were vulnerable people in the area, and I would have had contacts from senior citizens groups in Swords, so I just used the knowledge I had to distribute it.
Thanks to Joe's donation and Dean's contacts, hand sanitiser, hand soap and face masks were distributed to Swords Meals on Wheels and the most vulnerable in Swords.
Cllr Mulligan says: 'I think the main thing is people are just delighted that we're giving it away for free, and we're essentially providing it to people who need it and require it.
'There are vulnerable people who might have very small pension contributions, and there are a lot of people receiving Meals on Wheels who can't go out, so at least if people have the face masks and hand sanitisers it's a big deal.'