Local Welsh Labour duo, Huw Irranca-Davies MS and Chris Elmore MP have praised the “amazing community spirit and resilience” of Unite workers at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend who have been creating and distributing free visors to local businesses and organisations as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.
Over the two weeks, Chris and Huw helped distribute over 1200 of the free visors to local high street traders, small businesses, charities, care homes and support organisations throughout the Ogmore constituency. They’ve worked closely with Sarah Murphy of the Bridgend Coronavirus support group who has been distributing the visors south of the M4 in the Bridgend area too.
The Unite union workers at the Ford engine plant have been busy manufacturing the personal protective equipment to help to ensure that the risk to other local workers face from coronavirus is reduced as more sections of the economy seek to open up.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I’d like to send my heartfelt thanks to all of the Ford workers who have been making this high quality personal protective gear to support other local businesses and organisations. I know this is a really difficult time for workers at the Bridgend plant which makes their efforts and generosity at this difficult time all the more incredible.
“Our local community’s response to this unsettling period continues to be fantastic and I have no doubt that this will continue.”
Huw Irranca-Davies MS said:
“One thing that has really typified our local community’s response to coronavirus has been the willingness of people to support each other. The work the amazing team of Ford workers has been doing is truly wonderful to see and it makes me so proud to represent them in the Senedd.
“We undoubtedly face a difficult period ahead but I know that acts of kindness and generosity like this will make those challenges just that bit less bumpy.”