Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have dominated headlines for much of this Coronavirus crisis and spurred an army of people to help our carers on the frontline.
From international fashion houses to kitchen tables, hundreds have answered the call, including the club’s charity: The Stones Community Trust.
Co-ordinated by community development officer Kay Skelton, an amazing team of volunteers have been making PPE from donated materials.
So far, more than 450 pieces of PPE have been made and delivered, with supplies being produced seven days a week.
Demelza House, ellenor hospice, Sheppey Community Hospital and The Grove Residential Home were among the first recipients.
Club charity partner the Heart of Kent Hospice has also been contacted with the offer of free PPE. The hospice, which cares for more than 1,500 patients and their families each year, has featured on ITV News at Ten and Sky News in recent weeks about the shortage of such vital equipment.
Kay said: “We are delighted to be making a difference and providing PPE to those who need it.
“This initiative is also bringing the community together and we’ve met some amazing people on our travels.
“We can’t play football at the moment but we can play our part in supporting our wonderful health and social care staff on the frontline of this crisis.”
If you would like to support The Stones PPE Initiative, you can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/campaign/STONES-PPE or contact Kay if you can donate materials or help with the production of PPE at home.
Maidstone United and The Stones Community Trust would also like to raise awareness of Maidstone Cares – a crowdfunding campaign by Maidstone Borough Council.
The fundraiser is in support of six local charities who are assisting those most in need during the pandemic. These are: FareShare Kent, Heart of Kent Hospice, Involve Kent, Maidstone Family Food Bank, Making a Difference to Maidstone (MADM) and Salvation Army.
More information is available at www.spacehive.com/maidstonecares.