Coronavirus UK: Woman with PPE stockpile won’t donate to NHS


35-year-old woman who stocked £ 2,500 in masks, gloves and face shields refuses to donate anything to the NHS as she “should be better prepared”

  • Becca Brown, from Plymouth, masks, gloves, face shields and food
  • She spent over £ 2,500 on her ‘PPE kit’ and paid £ 700 in debt to pay
  • Brown said he will not donate to the NHS or charities, despite the large collection
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A woman who stocked up over £ 2,500 in masks, gloves and face shields said she would donate nothing to the NHS how they ‘should have been more prepared’.

Becca Brown, 35, of Plymouth, has disbursed thousands of PPE, while the NHS trusts and nursing homes across the UK struggle with the safe equipment needed by doctors to treat coronavirus patients.

The administrative assistant has spent about £ 200 on surgical masks, £ 250 on hand sanitizer and hundreds on coveralls and face shields since the coronavirus pandemic began to spread rapidly across Britain last month.

She also spent £ 600 on food, including UHT milk and canned goods, as well as buying dozens of packages of acetaminophen, throat sprays and medicine.

Photo: Doctors use PPE when testing a major coronavirus worker at a drive-in testing facility at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Greater London

Photo: Doctors use PPE when testing a major coronavirus worker at a drive-in testing facility at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Greater London

Brown told the Sun she started the stock because she is taking care of her elderly aunt outside Portsmouth and does not want to make ‘unnecessary trips’ to the stores.

But her money, for which she used savings and a credit card, paid £ 700 in debt – despite selling some items for five times the original price.

Brown also insisted that she will not donate anything she keeps “locked and locked” to NHS workers, a decision she said has alienated some of her friends.

“The few friends I showed are also surprised by the amount of kit I have and told me that I should donate some to the NHS that is running out,” she said. “They are shocked when I say,” I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do that. “

“It is not my job to ensure that the NHS has adequate personal protective equipment. This is the job of the government.

Becca Brown (not pictured) has disbursed thousands of PPE, while the NHS trusts and assists across the UK in the battle for the safe equipment needed by doctors to treat coronavirus patients

Becca Brown (not pictured) has disbursed thousands of PPE, while the NHS trusts and assists across the UK in the battle for the safe equipment needed by doctors to treat coronavirus patients

Photo: Two doctors wearing shields, surgical masks, gloves and plastic scrubs test key coronavirus workers

Photo: Two doctors wearing shields, surgical masks, gloves and plastic scrubs test key coronavirus workers

She added that she plans to use part of her extensive ‘PPE kit’ for an art exhibition.

“I need my PPE kit to protect myself and my art exhibition and I will not donate it to the NHS,” she said. “I do not apologize because, as an artist, I have to support my work and my right to buy what I want”.

Brown continued to insist that he “does not agree” with the claims that he is “selfish” because “the fact that the NHS does not have enough is not my fault – it is the government’s fault”.

His comments were made after a BBC documentary last night alleging that ministers counted each glove individually, rather than in pairs, to boast of providing a billion bits of PPE to the NHS staff in their fight against coronavirus.

Photo: A Boots pharmacy employee wears a face shield while working in an open store

Photo: A Boots pharmacy employee wears a face shield while working in an open store

Panorama’s investigation said that number 10 failed to acquire sufficient protective equipment, such as masks, aprons and visors.

He also accused ministers of counting 547 million gloves individually, instead of 273.5 million pairs, for tampering with PPE numbers.

The one billion number also included items that are not considered PPE, including millions of cleaning products, garbage bags, detergents and paper towels.

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan also called Panorama’s EPI scandal a “national disgrace” and accused Salvation Minister Victoria Atkins of laughing when she interviewed her.

Paula Fonseca