TRAVEL RETAILER DONATES 5,000 (£125K) COMPRESSION SOCKS TO HELP FRONTLINE SCOTS NURSES
TRAVEL RETAILER DONATES 5,000 (£125K)
COMPRESSION SOCKS TO HELP FRONTLINE SCOTS NURSES
—Firm pledges to give away further 5,000 to London nurses over next week
bringing total to 10,000 (£250K)—
A Glasgow online travel retailer whose sales have dropped 95 per cent in the past
two weeks has donated 5,000 pairs of compression socks to help Scots nurses
Worth £125,000, the colourful knee-length socks will help 5,000 acute nurses in six
hospitals across Scotland fight fatigue in the coming weeks.
And the firm has pledged to give away 5,000 more in the next seven days to nurses
in London , bringing the total to 10,000 (£250,000).
Trtl (pronounced ‘turtle’) has donated the compression socks to acute nurses at
Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley) and Queen
Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan. Each hospital has received 1,000.
In addition, nurses at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital will take 1,000 while Trtl has
given 500 to nurses at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and 500 to Aberdeen Royal
The award-winning company, which employs 30 people in Glasgow, had stockpiled
thousands of the socks in advance of its peak summer season.
But with sales stalling due to the Covid-19 pandemic and little prospect of travel bans
being rescinded any time soon, CEO Michael Corrigan decided to use them to
support frontline nurses in his home city, across Scotland and in worst-hit London
He explained: “Although the compression socks have been most popular with airline
travellers, at the start of this year we ran a small campaign with nurses around the
world and they were really happy with them.
“Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about how we can contribute in what is
the biggest crisis many of us will face in our lifetimes.
“When something like this happens it very rapidly puts things into perspective.
“Nurses across the UK will be tested as never before in the coming weeks and if we
can do something to help make the time they spend on their feet more comfortable,
“I couldn’t just see these socks sitting in a warehouse when they could be helping
people saving lives. That’s what’s important, and nurses need all the help they can
get just now.”