Back in March, Burberry announced they were to completely retool their trench coat factory in Castleford, Yorkshire to produce masks and non-surgical gowns for medical units across the country. The brand vowed to use its global supply chain network to work towards supplying over 100,000 surgical masks for NHS staff. Now for the first time, Burberry has shared imagery that documents such efforts in combatting the virus. Manufacturing capacity inside Castleford was scaled up in order to produce the non-surgical gowns, each in a signature Burberry beige. Over 20,000 gowns in total have been distributed to both the NHS and healthcare charities such as Marie Curie and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Burberry has already met their target of producing 100,000 surgical masks, continuing production to support front-line medical staff.
Producing close to 150,000 PPE pieces in total, Burberry has also pumped money into crucial vaccine development, providing funding to the vital research currently underway at the University of Oxford who are working towards a single-dose vaccine. Burberry has also provided significant donations to crucial food charities such as The Trussell Trust and The Felix Project. Burberry’s contribution to the latter has funded nearly half a million meals for those in need.
by Paul Toner