Birmingham fundraisers donate face masks to city council key workers

Published: Friday, 24th April 2020

Overseas Chinese Association (Birmingham) has donated thousands of face masks to Birmingham City Council to give to its key workers.

Association member, James Wong, personally sourced 10,000 face masks for the council to use and share among key workers in the city.

This is the second donation of face masks that James has made to the council, after an initial donation of 10,000 masks in March that he originally purchased to send over to Wuhan, China to help battle the coronavirus.

James, managing director of Chung Ying Restaurants, said; “The council has been very appreciative of the donation and I’m glad to know that these masks will go directly to those who need it the most.

“I felt it was very important to step up and help the local community in their hour of need following the growing concerns surrounding the availability of PPE.”

2,500 extra masks were also kindly donated by Shu Wang, Director of Birmingham-based company UK Pathway Consultancy, for key workers in the city.

Leader of the Council Cllr Ian Ward said: "We're extremely grateful to James and to Birmingham's Chinese community who have stepped up to provide life-saving PPE equipment. What we're seeing in this city is all our communities coming together to help the most vulnerable at a very challenging time and these donations make a huge difference to people on the frontline."

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