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Diamond Corrugated donate PPE to Covid 19 community relief fund in Derry and Strabane

22 April 2020
A Derry based packaging company have presented Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, with much needed supplies of Personal Protective Equipment to aid with the community relief effort during the Coronavirus crisis.      

Diamond Corrugated in Pennyburn manufacture printed packaging for a range of sectors including food and drink, pharmaceutical, e commerce and medical supplies.
The PPE donated will be used by local community and voluntary groups who are working on the ground to deliver essential aid to vulnerable members of the community who are confined to their homes.
The Mayor received the equipment from Company Director Niall Diamond at their Derry manufacturing plant where she praised the family run business for their generosity.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Diamond Corrugated for this generous and much needed package of Personal Protective Equipment which will be used immediately to aid the Coronavirus crisis relief effort on the ground," she said.
"Hundreds of food boxes are being delivered to people shielding due to health concerns who haven't been able to access delivery services or are in critical need for financial reasons.
"I have been heartened by the selfless manner in which our local community has rallied together to support each other and meet the unprecedented challenges presented by this crisis.
"This donation from Diamond Corrugated is typical of the generosity we have experienced and the additional PPE equipment donated will help protect those delivering and receiving aid and help reduce the spread of the virus."
Niall Diamond, Director at Diamond Corrugated added:
"We understand that PPE can be difficult to source for key workers and volunteers in our community. 
 
"We very much appreciate their efforts and are thankful for the opportunity to assist the Mayor and community organisations in this way.
 
"We hope that the PPE we have donated will help them continue to safely deliver valuable aid to the most vulnerable at this time."
 
The Covid 19 community response scheme has been designed and funded by the Department for Communities and Derry City and Strabane District Council is working with local community and voluntary organisations who are delivering the food boxes.  
Any constituted groups who need additional support to deliver services can apply for grant aid through the Community Foundation NI.
Up to £2,500 in funding is available from Council's £50,000 of localised funding for small scale emergency support.
Grants of up to £10,000 are also available from the NI wide scheme.
special web page on the Council website derrystrabane.com/communitysupport provides information about support available to organisations.
Anyone who is at risk of food poverty at this time, for health or financial reasons, who has not already been contacted to arrange a food box delivery can contact the COVID-19 Community Helpline Freephone Number on 0808 802 0020.
Updated information on any COVID-19 impacts on Council Services is available at derrystrabane.com/coronavirus.