Helping south Wales’ healthcare workers

Posted on: 03/06/2021

A Wales & West Utilities colleague helped south Wales healthcare workers by making ‘ear savers’ for frontline staff in hospitals across the region.

Marshfield’s Jenny Brenton-Davies has spent some of her time in lockdown recycling milk cartons. She uses these to make ear savers which are worn behind the head and grip the elastic straps on the facemasks being worn by healthcare professionals up and down the country.

Jenny knew that the ear savers were mostly being made with plastic so began looking around her home for items she could recycle. She hit the ideas jackpot and started collecting 4-pint milk cartons. Cutting off the ends and the handle, she was left with a flat sheet of plastic – perfect for making the ear savers.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, I started looking at the ways people were helping. I had seen ear-savers being made with 3D printers and thought ‘I can do that!’”

I made a load of plastic ear savers and moved onto making elastic ones too. Batches were sent to the Royal Gwent Hospital and University Hospital of Wales and I received some lovely messages of thanks saying what a difference they made to the doctors and nurses who used them.

We all saw how some PPE were damaging the skin of our healthcare heroes and I wanted to do my bit after all the sacrifices they were making and continue to make as we get through this challenging time

Jenny Brenton-Davies, Network Control Manager

Wales & West Utilities is focused on keeping the energy flowing to homes, businesses and essential services across Wales and south west England.

During the pandemic, Wales & West Utilities is focused on keeping the energy flowing to homes, businesses and essential services across Wales and south west England.

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By joining it allows us, and other energy and utility companies, to look after people who need extra support. Joining is simple and free and more information can be found at wwutilities.co.uk/priority.

We’d also like to remind people that if they do smell gas, to call 0800 111 999 as normal. You’ll be asked a few additional questions, including if you have symptoms of Covid19. We’ll still come and help you, but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep everyone safe.

Sarah Hopkins, Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director