Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, JPA Workspaces have remained open, devoting all available resources to the NHS during this period.
Beyond that, as a business, JPA have donated logistical services, manpower, storage and support in moving vital medical equipment between hospitals, as well as donating furniture for doctors’ and nurses’ wellbeing. In particular we are still in the process of helping the Team at Lister Hospital with a ‘Changing Rooms’ style makeover during the pandemic, transforming a tired and worn space into badly needed area where Doctors and Nurses can take a break between shifts to refuel, recharge and rest.
When approached by Beth McNeil the Head of Charity at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we were delighted to try and help and also to try and enlist the support of other companies to make a bigger immediate impact. That’s when we approached the Herts Chamber, who then joined in by putting out an SOS for assistance to all their members – a fantastic example of community collaboration and teamwork.
The following companies have been outstanding in coming forwards to offer their services for this project and to date include: Ian and Brian at Selby Flooring, Sue at Amra Skincare, Michael at London Luton Airport, Alysoun at Rhubarb Seating, Katrina at Garrards of Stevenage, Katrina at Emmaus, Paul at Mainrock, Mark at ATGSpectrum and Mike at Pledge.
A big thank you to them all and to Alison and Sarah at the Chamber. Works offered by these companies include decorating, new carpet supply, furniture, pictures and accessories, hand cream and room diffusers, site visit and surveys and some of the results so far can be seen from the attached images.
Our workforce, including members of our management team, have taken it upon themselves to personally deliver and assemble donated furniture so that it can be used and enjoyed right now, by the most important key workers in the country. They have also met some of the doctors and nurses and been able to show our appreciation as a company and as individuals.
Images: Providing smiles for members of staff Lister Hospital (pictured), Royal Free Hospital, UCLH, Watford General Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Milton Keynes Hospital.
JPA’s commitment to good causes has been well documented in the past, having won numerous awards for their persistence in developing and offering their clients a sustainable circular economy model for refurbishments. They provide brand new furniture to a vast spectrum of clients, whilst recycling or rehoming the old furniture and they are the only business of their kind to have gained Carbon Neutral accreditation for their commitment to the environment. Known as a trusted employer since 1974, this business has come forwards to assist NHS sites across the Home Counties and London, to try and improve the working environments of those who are truly saving our lives.