Generali UK Branch today announces that it has partnered with manufacturing firm Filmtronics Ltd to produce 10,000 masks over the coming weeks. These will be donated to local NHS hospitals in London, starting with St Barts Hospital in the east end. This initiative will be funded by a boost to the insurer’s existing charitable fund.
Generali UK has also created a crowdfunding page, inviting employees, partners and peers to help further grow the funding and support available to its local community over time.
This move follows the creation last month of a €30 million Extraordinary International Fund by Generali UK Branch’s parent company Generali Group, based in Trieste, Italy. This fund has so far donated to healthcare facilities and civil protection services in the Lombardy region of Italy, amongst other funding initiatives, including: 20 lung ventilators; 20 million protective masks; and 500 protective suits.
Dario Pieralisi, General Manager, Generali UK Branch, commented: “While our NHS staff literally put their lives on the line for us every day, we wanted to do everything we can to help ensure their safety and wellbeing. We all have to work together to fight this battle. This means not only ensuring our own employees’ wellbeing during these challenging times, but also supporting the local communities in which we live and work. Our UK initiative also perfectly complements the fantastic work being done in Italy and beyond by Generali Group.
“While the UK Branch has pledged to fully fund the initial tranche of 10,000 face masks, we also wanted to open up an opportunity – via our newly created Go Fund Me page* – for our employees, partners and peers to get involved, raising enough money to continue to produce and supply the protective equipment our doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants so urgently need during the pandemic.”