Bentley Supports Local Community To 'Be Safe' During COVID-19 Crisis

Bentley launched the 'Be Safe' campaign for colleagues in 2018 and has recently extended the campaign to help look after the local community in Cheshire during the coronavirus crisis. Bentley are focusing on using its specialist skills to 3D print over 30,000 face-shields and supply them to the Cheshire care sector, including care homes, the NHS and other local community services. In addition, Bentley has also been donating PPE equipment including gloves, facemasks, safety glasses and seat covers. Bentley colleagues have been volunteering to deliver essential food items to the local community as part of the 'Meals on 22-inch Wheels' service.

Using Bentley's specialist engineering team's expertise and printing facilities, over 30,000 face shields have been created at Bentley's factory in Crewe. These will be distributed to the Cheshire care sector including all 95-care homes, the NHS and other community services. 

Bentley has also donated PPE items to the local health service. The donation included 20,000 pairs of disposable gloves, 10,000 facemasks to the local care sector and 1,800 disposable seat covers to NHS primary care and community service. Over 40 safety glasses were given to the local hospital, Leighton Hospital and Bentley will be providing further PPE over the coming weeks. 

Colleagues at Bentley have also been busy helping the local community, many people are struggling to access food and prescriptions. Colleagues have helped to deliver parcels for local foodbanks and charities, plus they are now helping shop and drop off vital medical supplies through Cheshire East's People Helping People programme, using a range of the company vehicles. 

Dr. Astrid Fontaine, Bentley's Board Member for People, Digitalisation and IT commented; "This is such an incredibly difficult time for everyone and with our number one priority being the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, their family and our communities, we are determined to help as best as we can.

"We are utilising our world-leading engineering and manufacturing expertise, the remarkable vehicles and resources we have available to us, and also our extraordinary colleagues, who are going to such efforts to help the local Cheshire area and the healthcare professionals, locally and nationally, who continue to perform such heroics. We will endeavour to work with the whole community in the proceeding weeks and months to help in every way possible in this time of great need."

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