A GMP Sergeant has manufactured thousands of face masks for local care homes

Greater Manchester Police

He's even been personally distributing them completely free of charge too.

Greater Manchester Police has shared a story of the triumphs of Specials Sergeant Phil Leonard, who has been producing thousands of face masks for local care home staff at his factory in Salford.

Phil has been a Specials Sergeant with GMP since January 2019 and works across the Bury District.

After hearing about the shortage of face masks for care home staff, Phil and his brother, who runs the business alongside him, desperately wanted to do something to help. The factory, Daylight Grip & Textiles, usually manufactures textiles for film and TV, but since it was forced to halt production due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, staff have been utilising their skills and materials for the greater good.

The team has also been producing uniform washbags for key workers and adjustable headbands for carers to hook their face masks onto with the aim of improving the comfort over the course of long shifts.

Speaking on the decision to begin manufacturing the face masks, Phil said: “We realised that we had the materials and equipment to produce the much-needed face masks for carers on the front line, it was just a case of adapting our day-to-day process."

“So far we have only been distributing the masks locally but we recently received a request from a care home in Telford which we agreed to fulfil because the more people we can help the better."

“As soon as a nurse or carer finishes their shift, they can place their uniform into the washable bag ready for an immediate wash when they return home."

"This means that the uniform can be taken home as safely as possible and helps limit the spread of the virus.”

Greater Manchester Police

When it comes to the production process of the masks, Phil added that: “We have an exceptional team working in the factory who, like us, wants to play their part in helping support our local communities during these challenging times. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved as a team in producing and supplying a product that can help protect the heroic staff in care homes across Greater Manchester."

“I am unable to go out on patrol at the moment due to recovering from surgery so this is just my way of serving the community and doing my part whilst I am out of action."

"I am privileged to be part of a fantastic police team who are working hard in these challenging times to keep the communities of Bury safe so it is important to me to help where I can."

“We hope that the masks will enable carers to carry on with their vital work, and we will continue with the production of the masks for a long as they are needed.”

How brilliant is this gesture?

From everyone here at The Manc, it's hats off to you Specials Sergeant Leonard!

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