Steve Barron, Plumb and Parts Center.
Plumb Center and Parts Center donate cool gift
Published: 07 August, 2013
Plumb Center and Parts Center have donated 50 fans to Northampton General Hospital to help keep patients cool.
With the UK sweltering in the longest heatwave in seven years, Northampton General badly needed help keeping their patients cool. Fortunately, a sharp-eyed Plumb and Parts Center manager saw a Facebook appeal and offered to help.
“The ladies and gents at the hospital were delighted,” said Steve Barron, Plumb and Parts Center area sales manager for the East Midlands, who helped organise the donation. “Our sourcing manager Dennis Grogan saw a post on Facebook about the hospital looking for donations for fans, and arranged with senior management for 50 to be donated, free of charge.”
Then, Lee Watson – key accounts manager for the East Midlands – got in touch with his contact at the hospital, despite being on holiday at the time, and told him the fans were on the way. All that was left was for the Leicester branch to make the delivery the next day.
“They said they couldn’t believe anyone would give goods away for free in this economy,” continued Mr Barron, “but we had the products to help and were delighted to donate the fans to those who really needed them.”
Peter Jones, BMS/energy technician at Northampton General Hospital, said: “We were desperate for fans. We’d been hunting everywhere but had exhausted our usual supplies. At first we needed them for our children’s ward, but then we needed them for the elderly as well, as these are the patients that are most affected by the hot weather.
“Then Lee from Plumb and Parts Center phoned out of the blue and said they’d seen an appeal – it might have been from one of the children’s parents. They delivered the fans for free, which were gratefully received.
“It’s safe to say we’re now all fans of Plumb and Parts Center.”