As staff return to work we have been interested to learn what they have all been up to during furlough, and two staff have shared their remarkable stories.
Lisa Mumby, Accounts Assistant joined a Facebook group shortly after being furloughed called ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ which was set up by a Lincolnshire nurse and quickly became national. As we all know the national shortage of PPE was in the news often and thousands of sewists across the UK got together through this group and others to sew scrubs, face masks, laundry bags etc. for the NHS workers. Lisa was assigned to the Nottinghamshire group and made scrubs and laundry bags which ended up in GP surgeries in Nottingham. Lisa also sewed an additional 60 masks for friends and family.
Philip Newborough, Web Developer lives in the small village of Swinderby where members club together to purchase heating oil, with the idea that they purchase in bulk and receive a cheaper rate. The person who managed this system (manually) wrote an article in the local parish magazine and asked villagers if they would collectively contribute a couple of thousand pounds to have a custom system developed to aid in the administration of the scheme.
Membership to the scheme is free and it’s a non-profit, so whilst Phillip was furloughed, he offered to undertake the work and develop the system for free, saving the villagers some money.
Philip developed a custom website with a registration system and member accounts area. All members can login to the website and request an amount of oil. The system keeps track of the total amount of oil that has been requested by members and when the amount reaches 18,000 litres, a purchase order is raised with the cheapest supplier. All members are then automatically emailed with details of the oil delivery, supplier, date and price etc. The system has been running successfully for the last few months and the villagers have already benefited from the savings.
Arran Fullwood, Finance Director who manages both Lisa and Philip commented:
I was inspired and humbled when I spoke to Lisa and Philip and discovered what they had achieved during the period they were furloughed. I’m equally overwhelmed by the staff who kept working during the entire period doing essential work at Lincoln hospital. We have a fantastic team at Gelder Group and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
Gelder Group Apprentice Surveyor Jack Bateman (18) would normally travel to a survey with a fully qualified Surveyor, however during the Covid-19 pandemic Jack must now observe social distancing guidelines and he is delighted to have received his own vehicle to ensure he is able to both, continue with his training but also remain safe at work.
Insurance Director Louisa Sharpe commented:
We are working in a new world and having to make changes to normal practice everyday to keep all our staff safe, however we must continue to train and develop all our staff so they are able to move forward with their apprenticeships. This is just one of many initiatives we have adopted towards that goal.
A system more widely used as a deodorising process when reinstating fire and smoke damaged properties, or for sanitising in flood damaged properties for insurance companies, the team at Xeric are now using their equipment to give individuals, organisations and companies piece of mind in the fight against Coronavirus.
Fogging is a process were sanitiser/deodoriser or in this case a biocidal cleaner is heated and sprayed in a fog form. Micro droplets hang in the air for approximately 10 minutes and then cover all areas often missed by conventional cleaning methods and because it’s in a fog form, the mixture is able to permeate even the toughest to reach spots, killing all airborne, surface viruses and bacteria it comes in to contact with. Furthermore, after fogging has taken place, the residual disinfectant, which is invisible to the naked eye, will continue to kill any virus’s it comes in to contact with.
Treatment is non-toxic, odourless and starts at just a few hundred pounds. The technique is very quick to carry out, with properties completely safe to re-occupy after just two hours and with the further benefit of the formula used killing 99.9999% of all bacteria, viruses, yeasts & spores; not just Covid 19.
Xeric is a Gelder Group company that operates the UK’s largest fleet of trailer mounted high energy drying equipment for more information visit xericltd.com
For further information, data sheets on the products used, or to book a survey/request quote, please contact the Xeric team:-
Dave Stainton – Xeric Manager
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Thank You to our team at Lincoln Hospital who, in the space of three weeks, have converted a first floor maternity ward into a Palliative Care Ward. They have demolished an existing mortuary, installed bases and overseen the installation of a new off-site constructed extended mortuary. On top of that, the team have converted Accident and Emergency to create four isolation rooms.
Always working with respect to others and around hospital admissions, often working late into the night, weekends and bank holidays and always with the Gelder ‘can do’ attitude; we thank Adam Clark (joiner), Steve Alcock (joiner), Richard Charlton (bricklayer), Darrell Heath (bricklayer), Tom Crowther (plumber), Dave Wass (plumber).
Thanks also go to our management team of Andy Doran, Ollie Taylor & sub-contractors UDCS, AAA Scaffolding, Paul Cotton Joinery, Michael Doran Joinery, Darryl Clarke Joinery, Selmec, SBR Dry Lining and Paul Clark. Thanks also to the team at Jewson’s who were particularly helpful with material sourcing and deliveries throughout.
Gelder Group still continues with work on other Lincolnshire hospital sites in the fight against the disease Covid-19. Other Gelder teams continue to progress works on projects where it is safe to do so. Individuals from across the company are helping with the delivery of medication and supplies to vulnerable people and our teams continue to provide a range of emergency call out services. For all of this; the whole organisation is hugely grateful.