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Bob the Cannock builder teams up with Gurdwara to supply PPE

By James Vukmirovic | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A collaboration between a Cannock builder and a Wolverhampton Gurdwara has helped dozens of care homes and GPs.

Members of the Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara and Wolverhampton Wrestling Club have been working to distribute and deliver food and PPE to members of the community

The Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara in Park Village has been working to deliver food and personal protective equipment (PPE) to surgeries and care homes all over Wolverhampton during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1,500 protective visors have been delivered by representatives of the Gurdwara and Wolverhampton Wrestling club, which has a gym at the Gurdwara.

The Gurdwara has also provided food deliveries from the langar kitchen, as well as shopping and medication deliveries to the most vulnerable people in the community.

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The Gurdwara has been able to provide the visors after being put in contact with Bob Eccleston, a builder who has been creating visors and masks at his home in Cannock.

He said his daughter Hayley, who works as a nurse for the NHS in Wiltshire, contacted the Gurdwara about his work and he then received a call for help.

He said: "I took a phone call from someone at the Gurdwara about the visors and the relationship started from there.

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"It's fantastic to be able to help as I've got relations who live near Wolverhampton, so to be able to spread it to there is great as it serves the whole community.

"This really has been a community effort and it's brought our communities together. I've already said I'm going to come down to the Gurdwara when this is all over!"

Bob Eccleston with one of his protective visors

Ranjit Singh, Wrestling and Sports Manager, has been the main contact with Bob, travelling to Cannock to pick up the visors.

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He has also been one of the lead figures for the Gurdwara during the pandemic, delivering food and other supplies and coordinating the deliveries by members of the Wrestling club.

He said the response from the community had been very supportive, praising Bob for his work with the visors.

He said: "When we got talking to Bob, we heard about how he had started to mass-produce the visors and saw how good they were, which is a credit to him.

"We've had loads of supportive messages from the community, with social media and phone messages telling us what a good job we're doing.

"A lot of people have also begun sending us donations, which is really generous and helps us to continue providing the services we have."

To donate to the Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara, call Ranjit Singh on 07413 606999.

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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