Thousand of items of personal protective equipment (PPE), in the form of face masks and visors, have been delivered to voluntary care homes and hospices in the Wigan Borough thanks to the efforts of Rotary clubs. Rtn Adam Vause, a member of Astley Rotary Club, said: “We wanted some do something to help our communities in these tough times. The health and caring services are in dire need of this PPE equipment, especially in the care homes, and this was the least Rotary, ‘as people of action’ could do.”

Local charities and tech firms have joined forces to start a scheme for the public to donate old or unused laptops, which are then refurbished and given to local schools. Adam Vause Chief Executive of Leigh based Express IT Group said, ‘We decided we would like to do something to help our local schools as people have done elsewhere. We will take any laptop, and if suitable either securely clear the existing data or if not, install a new hard drive. If the laptop is unsuitable, we can use it for spare parts. All the donated laptops will be given to schools in the borough.’