College donates the ‘write’ stuff to hospital

Published: April 24, 2020

It’s not just personal protective equipment (PPE) that hospitals are crying out for right now.

The Princess Royal Hospital is also finding itself short of crucial stationery supplies – and that’s where Telford College has stepped in.

Dave Candlin, the college’s director of estates, said: “We contacted the hospital shortly after the lockdown began, to see if there was any way we could help.

“We thought they might be in need of equipment like disposable gloves, which we have on-site

Telford College | Bob Jenkins with some of the marker pens which have been given to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Telford College | Bob Jenkins with some of the marker pens which have been given to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

for use in our hair and beauty training salon, The Retreat.

“But it turned out the thing they said would help them out the most was a supply of marker pens!

“So we collected up what we had spare around our campus, and our caretaker Bob Jenkins has now dropped off more than 100 marker pens at the hospital porter’s department.”

Dave added: “Although our college is still open and delivering learning, the majority of our students are now working from home.

“This has given us the opportunity to do our bit, like so many others are doing, to help the NHS.”

This is not Telford College’s first gesture of help to the health and social care sector.

It has already loaned its two 16-seater minibuses to The Wrekin Housing Group, helping it to deliver vital care to vulnerable and isolated people across the West Midlands.

And health and social care tutor Elaine Colley has returned to the NHS after 13 years, to work on the respiratory ward at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Several other past and present Telford College health and social care students have also signed up to work on the front line.