Hundreds of visors have been donated to the care sector to help with the fight against Covid-19.

The personal protective equipment will help keep staff and patients safe at Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

After the hospice issued a plea to help them, the company Eco, which has bases in Annan and Mealsgate, near Cockermouth, stepped up to the challenge and provided 250 visors.

The company, which supplies PPE to the health and care sector as well as to a range of industries and other organisations across the UK as part of its emergency rapid response solutions, sourced and delivered the items to the charity’s office in Workington within hours of seeing the post on social media.

Without a second thought, Ellie Missen, executive assistant at Eco, stepped in to help .

“When I saw the appeal for PPE items, I realised that we could help,” she said.

“With the hospice providing support for some of the most vulnerable people in the community, it is vital that they have the essential equipment they need to protect themselves and those in their care.

“We were delighted to be able to help.”

Eco was one of several businesses which responded to the call for help by the charity, which provides palliative and end-of-life care throughout West Cumbria.

Melinda Scott, the family and bereavement support team leader for Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “We would like to thank Eco and all the companies that have donated PPE for our clinical teams.

“We are overwhelmed at the response we have had.

“The safety of our nurses and patients is paramount and we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts”.

Eco operates across a range of sectors to deliver multiple products and services for commercial, industrial, public sector and residential customers.

The family-owned group, which employs more than 50 people, has also received praise for the way it has adapted to the pandemic to provide rapid response solutions for industry and the medical sector. Earlier this year it delivered one million items of PPE to UK care homes in seven days.