Bolton-le-Sands men rewarded by High Sheriff for heroic Covid pandemic support efforts
Bolton-le-Sands men Mark Moore, Ron Moore and Peter Wood are the proud recipients of the Sheriff of Lancashire’s Award for ‘Exceptional voluntary service to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.'
At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the men realised they had to do something to help with the provision of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
They did this by changing the manufacturing of renewable energy and wind turbine technology to instigate a rapid mobilisation for PPE production to support and supply frontline worker demands for masks, visors and disposable gowns.
Peter said: "We shared all of our designs with other people in the UK and abroad, so they could join in the effort for their own needs.
"It was incredible to see small businesses, individuals, independents and other charitable teams come together to produce, coordinate and deliver items to hospitals, individuals, carers, charity groups, care homes, dentists, outreach services and schools across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland."
A lot of the face masks and visor production was done using 3D printing technology.
Mark said: "I have been overwhelmed by the amount of amazing support out there. People want to help and to be able to play a part, from students at home, to large companies getting involved. The feedback from the frontline was tremendous.
"Seeing how your contribution can help people has been incredible; this award from the Sheriff is the icing on the cake."
In total they manufactured and supplied more than 12,000 PPE consignments (5-200 items in each consignment) to UK frontline services.
The outcome meant frontline workers felt safer, disadvantaged children had access to school meals and vulnerable people received care and comfort packages in their homes.
All of the costs were covered by Mark, Ron and Peter, and they also did a lot of driving to ensure deliveries were made.
Peter said: "Mark and I knew we had to do something to help. We identified where the gaps were and our first recruit for help was Ron [Mark’s father], who was keen to help where he could."
Ron Moore, who is 82 and a past-winner of the Queen's Award for Industry, drove hundreds of miles at all hours of the day to ensure deliveries happened.
He said: "When something like this happens, there is no question, you have to do your bit to help where you can. The feedback and support was amazing; it also gave me something to do."
When this emergency is over Mark and Peter will begin work with the Salvation Army to develop temporary accommodation for people suffering homeless.