The Optimum Group is urging people to help them produce PPE safety equipment in the fight against coronavirus

Do you know of any care homes in Southport who need PPE visors? 

On Wednesday, Optimum Group founder Dave Connor and Stand Up For Southport co-founder Phil Gee will be distributing 300 PPE visors to care homes in our town to protect them against coronavirus.

If you are aware of any homes requiring any visors, please email this evening.

Phil Gee said: “These visors are kindly being donated by local company The Optimum Group which runs 30 Costa Coffee branches in the area, plus two Kaspa’s Desserts.

“I am collecting the visors from Costa tomorrow in Crosby and will then be dropping them off all over Southport. 

“It feels good to be doing something worthwhile. My mother, Sandra Gee, has sadly had to go into one of our local care homes recently, so this cause is very close to my heart.”

Earlier this month, Stand Up For Southport revealed how The Optimum Group was urging people to help them ‘work around the clock’ to produce vital PPE equipment for frontline NHS staff, care staff and other key workers to protect them against coronavirus. 


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Optimum Group has been busy teaming up with businesses and schools with laser cutters to produce safety visors for those who need them.

The materials needed have been kindly donated by the group with the aim of manufacturing over 30,000 urgently needed PPE visors for local hospitals, care homes, funeral parlours, and others who so desperately need them.

Optimum Group founder Dave Connor said: “We were all watching the news and we were all devastated to see that frontline NHS staff and other key workers cannot get the PPE they need.

“Lots of lives are on the line here.” 

The Optimum Group secured a large quantity of perspex and a blueprint for producing medical visors suitable for NHS staff and other key workers in the fight against coronavirus and Covid-19. 

The firm has been trading since 2006 and operates 29 Costa Coffee stores in Liverpool, Ormskirk, Formby, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn and Sale, as well as two Kaspa’s Desserts outlets in Liverpool and St Helens. It is one of the most highly populated Costa franchise clusters in the UK. The 29 Costa branches boast 394 Costa staff while Kaspa’s has two branches with 48 staff. 

Dave Connor said: “We are normally out there making cups of coffee, now we are making perspex visors, but we have to do something.”

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