Bravo for Burberry | Walpole member makes huge contribution to the fight against COVID-19

Burberry, one of the UK’s most successful luxury brands, announced this weekend substantial measures to support those impacted by coronavirus and prevent further infection. The company will retool its trench-coat factory in Castleford to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients, and utilise its global supply chain network to fast-track the delivery of over 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS for use by medical staff.

In addition, Burberry is funding research into a single-dose vaccine developed by Oxford University: the vaccine is on course to begin human trials next month. And, in a move to support families struggling as a result of the outbreak, Burberry will be donating to charities that tackle food poverty across the UK, in particular FareShare and The Felix Project.

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our everyday lives, but we hope that the support we provide will go some way towards saving more lives, bringing the virus under control and helping our world recover from this devastating pandemic. Together, we will get through this.”
Burberry CEO, Marco Gobbetti

Burberry joins a growing number of Walpole members working to do their bit in the fight against Coronavirus. The Royal Mint will be able to increase its production of medical visors to 4,000 a day from Tuesday: Engineers at the organisation created a successful prototype within just 48 hours, and with requests coming in to supply frontline NHS staff up and down the country, production is moving to 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Mint’s site in Llantrisant, South Wales.

Conker Spirit, a 2019 Walpole Brand of Tomorrow, has switched from making gin to making its Community Spirit hand sanitiser, which the company gives free to the Dorset Police and to the NHS, perfumer Miller Harris has donated 11000 soaps and shower gels to the elderly with Help the Aged, and Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland is making many thousands of units a week of hand sanitiser for frontline health workers at its Hampshire manufacturing facility, sending 16,000 hand and body products to frontline and key workers, and making substantial donations to charities involved in the COVID-19 response.

Walpole has been asked both by Westminster and Brussels to share a list of brands who are helping, or who are planning to help in whatever ways they can. Please contact content@thewalpole.co.uk.

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