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Leeds-based Herida Healthcare has been named a UK Business Hero for its important contribution to community initiatives during 2020.

Created by the Chamber of Commerce, the award scheme recognises businesses that go above and beyond to make lasting positive contributions to the communities in which they do business.

Key amongst Herida’s 2020 achievements was the central role it played in helping to create the Nightingale Hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as implementing multi-shift work patterns to ensure the best possible support for the NHS and wider healthcare communities.

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In March 2020, as the NHS raced to create a makeshift hospital inside London’s ExCel Centre, Herida Healthcare joined the mammoth effort by mobilising its entire production facility to rapidly produce desperately needed specialist mattresses.

Aiding in the effort to create the large-scale hospital, Herida Healthcare worked around the clock to make thousands of specialist mattresses, completing its first initial delivery on the 27th March.

HRH The Countess of Wessex, who is supporting the Chamber of Commerce, wrote an open letter (attached) to Herida as a recipient and “thanked Herida and the business community for the contributions during the outbreak”.

Herida Healthcare Managing Director Sean Spencer said: “We are naturally humbled and proud to receive this award. The truth is Herida worked around the clock during the lead up to the increasing Covid-19 panic, in order to meet the vast hospital and community pressure care mattresses and bed requirements.

“As the country reacted with a sense of “organised apprehension” to the inevitable demand, Herida played its part and our very tired workforce continued to go above and beyond and for that I shall be grateful to them all.

“Our manufacturing plant in Morley worked a 3-shift system for a period of 8 weeks, prior to dropping back to double shift and overtime processes. However, the business remains very busy and we are committed to serve our valued customers across the globe.”

Sean also thanked the fantastic work of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, alongside the administrative, purchasing, supply chain and logistics teams for their hard work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was great to see a network of none associated teams, work seamlessly to deliver the raw materials needed to manufacture the products, through to delivering and installing the finished products,” he added.

Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Herida is also sponsoring the Christmas decorations at Great Ormond Street Hospital this year.

Sean commented: “Having a child in hospital is extremely worrying for any family. The Christmas decorations lifts everyone’s spirits, especially the children.”

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