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SPAR’s south west regional distribution company Appleby Westward is helping to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to 100 nurses across the region.

Marie Curie, the charity for people with terminal illness and Spar’s chosen national charity, contacted Appleby Westward to ask for help as it struggled to deliver essential PPE supplies to the nurses.

Appleby Westward’s logistics team is now picking up PPE parcels from Tiverton and delivering them to selected Spar convenience stores in the region from where nurses can pick them up.

Tom Heron, senior corporate partnerships manager for Marie Curie, said: “PPE has presented a huge challenge for us, both in acquiring enough to keep our nurses safe and then delivering it across the region to support work with patients in time, which is what we have been struggling with most. It’s a real testament to Appleby Westward and Spar as a business for supporting communities in this way.”

Del Phillips, logistics director for Appleby Westward, added: “We were delighted to be able to step in and support this vital supply line by delivering to stores close to where nurses can collect the PPE stock more conveniently, and we are grateful to our stores for playing such an important role in this initiative.”