M&S to support HSE response to Covid-19

"We’re proud to support the fantastic HSE teams looking after us all right now," says Ken Scully, M&S Ireland country manager



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8 April 2020

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M&S Ireland today reported a number of plans to support the HSE in its response to Covid-19. The retailer has been working with the HSE to understand how, as a clothing and food retailer, it can best help meet some of the needs of the fantastic frontline HSE teams and the patients in their care.


As a result, several donations are under way. These include the delivery of clothing such as t-shirts and pajamas and toiletries to the City West self-isolation facility to help provide comfort for patients. Much-needed face and hand creams will be provided for HSE doctors and nurses to help soothe their skin and hands from wearing face masks and frequent hand washing.

The retailer is also donating thousands of sets of soft thermals to be used by frontline workers at Covid-19 testing centres.

Alongside this, M&S is making weekly free food donations for the HSE workers at The Mater Hospital and St James Hospital and Cork University Hospital. Deliveries will include prepared meals and treats for the next four weeks, with this week’s delivery including 2,000 Easter eggs for frontline workers and their families ahead of the weekend. Building on its local relationships, the Mater Hospital and St James Hospital are located near to M&S’s Dublin city centre stores and Cork University Hospital is close to the Cork store.

“Our hardworking HSE workers are doing an incredible job on the frontline and we want to do whatever we can to support them, in the best way that we can,” said Ken Scully, M&S Ireland country manager.

“With personal challenges being faced by everyone during these unprecedented times, and our own frontline colleagues working so hard, it is so important that we all pull together,” Scully added.

Linda Caulfield, HSE project manager, described the donations, which are being distributed by MSD Estates, as “an enormous help to those at the frontline”.

In-store measures

Meanwhile, all M&S stores in Ireland continue to provide dedicated shopping hours for HSE, emergency service and health and social care workers every Tuesday and Friday during the first hour of trade. Within this shopping hour, HSE workers will be provided with free hot drinks in any M&S stores that are currently able to serve takeaway hot drinks.





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