29 March 2020
Following a controlled shutdown at all of its sites, Princess Yachts is today confirming it is donating its stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Plymouth City Council, who will in turn distribute to those on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19.
Beneficiaries in the region will range from the NHS, through to those who are working tirelessly to keep society functioning, such as care workers and other such teams operating selflessly throughout these challenging times.
The gesture comes in response to ongoing conversations between the Plymouth City Council and Princess Yachts to align efforts around challenges facing all of us as a community here in the South West.
Speaking candidly, both Tudor Evans, leader of the Plymouth City council and Antony Sheriff, CEO of Princess Yachts discussed the critical gap facing medium sized business in terms of current support to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, as well as the health secretary’s statement this week that there have been challenges in the supply of PPE, especially to NHS staff.
With over 3000 employees, Princess is the UK’s largest yacht manufacturer, and is playing its part to help ensure essential services receive the much-required protective equipment that is in short supply across the world.
Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, states: “I am extremely grateful to Princess Yachts for this act of kindness and community spirit. I would encourage more companies locally to follow their example and think about how they can contribute in the battle against Covid-19. The fastest way for us to recover from this is if we all come together now.”
Antony Sheriff, CEO, Princess Yachts, added: “We hope this donation of our PPE goes some way to helping NHS staff and other such services in these incredibly difficult times. We are in regular discussions with Plymouth City Council and if we can find other ways to help in the collective effort against Covid-19 we will do whatever we can to support.”