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We were approached by Professor Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London, to help create the Holdster as a safe and accessible way for ICU staff to carry their important belongings whilst on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic. We donated the first shipment to ICU wards to trial in April. The Times & The Sunday Times have since generously come on board as the launch sponsor for a further 1,500 Holdsters which will arrive in May.
The Holdster is made from a wipeable and washable fabric to satisfy infection control, with harness-like straps for comfort and a host of pockets for belongings. The NHS Holdster prevents dropping items from pockets in scrubs and allows them to have what they need to hand. A small thing such as being able to carry their phone with them means they can keep in touch with their families as they work long shifts which can make a big difference to their well-being. (And we have also added a little ‘NHS heroes’ embroidered on the front.)
Help us fund Holdsters for all 30,000 front line Intensive Care workers at a cost of £10 each. Make a £10 donation for an NHS Holdster today.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is a charity that is very dear to Anya Hindmarch. We have worked with them on a few things including the Ever After Garden in December 2019 where you could visit and buy an illuminated rose for a £10 donation to the Royal Marsden to plant in Grosvenor Square in memory of a lost loved one. With thanks to Grosvenor Estate, Pan Communication and Culture Creative.
On April 21st Anya had a call from the Royal Marsden saying that they needed help in sourcing and making PPE, in particular, 3,000 washable and re-usable hospital gowns. They needed to be of a certain spec so that they can be washed to a temperature for thermal disinfection. The beauty of these gowns is that because they can be washed onsite, it gives the Royal Marsden a sustainable source of gowns and they won’t need any more. Also they won’t go into landfill unlike so much of the PPE that is being used today.
We managed to get these gowns made in London with British fabric. And we set up a fundraiser online and managed to get the 3,000 (£50,000) funded through incredibly generous donors so they are a zero cost for the Royal Marsden. We are now working on another 3,000 hospital gowns for another London hospital which has also been funded through donations and there seems to be another 3,000 in the works for another hospital too. It has been a pleasure and an honour for Team AH to contribute in this way at such an important time. These frontline NHS workers deserve all the protection and support we can give them.
For more information about steps we have taken during this time, read our latest update here.