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Nail Salon Gives Council a Helping Hand

A pilot project designed to support some of the most vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic has been able to launch thanks to a generous donation of personal protective equipment from one of the Council’s commercial tenants.

Nails by Annabel, based in the Midway building in Newcastle, has already donated 3,000 rubber gloves, 15 bottles of hand sanitiser, 15 bottles of moisturiser and masks – with additional items on the way – to the Council’s housing and partnerships team which is working with the Open Door charity to provide temporary supported accommodation for homeless people and rough sleepers.

Officers helping to co-ordinate the initiative, which launched last week, contacted the Council’s property department for help to locate a nail salon after being unable to source essential supplies to safeguard workers during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “This is such a generous donation from Nails by Annabel, especially in such difficult circumstances when they’re unable to trade normally. It’s another fantastic example of how we’re all pulling together in Newcastle-under-Lyme at a time of crisis. The equipment will enable support staff to protect themselves, preventing the spread of coronavirus where possible, while they’re helping vulnerable service users.

“Even though the business doesn’t want any public acknowledgement for this kind act, it’s only right that we express our gratitude as there is no way of getting this type of equipment from our suppliers at the moment.

“The Council and its partners across the borough are working extremely hard to support people, and businesses, at this very unsettling time. We are all having to be more creative than usual to deliver the important services residents need at this time.”

As well as being a popular nail salon and shop, Nails by Annabel runs a training academy and currently sells its glitterbels products in the UK as well as Australia, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, with plans to expand into other countries. The business employs 28 people.

Elliott Maginnis, co-owner of Nails by Annabel, added: “I just thought that everyone needs to do their bit in this situation. If we can help just a little bit, that’s a positive thing.”

Last updated 20 April 2020

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