One of our branches that is located in the village of Martock in Somerset, has provided all the available eye protection in its stock in a bid to tackle the shortages faced in the healthcare sector.

The donation has been sent to front-line staff in Yeovil.

Giles Bradford, communications and engagement manager at Bradfords, said: “We were delighted to help with the donation of PPE.

“It’s vital that as much equipment goes to the healthcare sector as possible and we have been able to co-ordinate our efforts collectively into helping bring together supplies.”

The donation is part of a large-scale operation at Bradfords’ depots across the South West to provide PPE to the region’s healthcare sector.

The company orchestrated a response from 45 stores across its network, in line with a national appeal from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) for donations of PPE across its membership.

John Newcomb, chief executive of the BMF, said: “Bradfords Building Supplies has generously stepped forward with a donation from its Martock branch, as well as other locations within its network.

“Our members play a key role in the community and the unique nature of their work, and their stock of PPE, puts them in a good position to make a difference to our healthcare professionals at this difficult time.”