Promotional products specialist gets behind the ‘Wear to Care’ campaign for London’s first children’s hospice with its antiviral face coverings

Screenworks, one of the longest established garment embroidery, screen, digital and direct-to-garment print service providers, is offering its commitment to Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice, through a campaign called ‘Wear to Care’.

The hospice, which is based in East London, provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London. Richard House cares for children and supports the whole family, from residential clinical care, to music therapy to enable a child with sensory needs to communicate through sound, to end of life care with pre- and post- bereavement support for all the family.

Screenworks has initially donated 1000 of its anti-viral facemasks, which the company launched through its Bumpaa™ brand in June 2020 – to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In a real breakthrough, the face coverings then went on to pass the ISO method[2] test on the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) – only a few months later[1].

The initial donation of masks will be provided to Richard House staff; those working in the hospice and also in the community. They will also be given to volunteers working alongside the children and their families, and as gifts to the 200+ families who rely on the hospice for care and support.

The Bumpaa face coverings are manufactured in the UK using a technical fabric, which is treated with an antiviral treatment – ViralOff®. ViralOff technology effectively reduces viruses and bacteria on the product by over 99 per cent over two hours[2]. The treatment is designed to protect the mask fabric from harbouring viruses or bacteria. The masks do not require regular washing. For best performance and sustainability, the products should be washed less, only when needed.

Duncan Gilmour, managing director at Screenworks, said:

“When we were approached by Richard House, who had read about our antiviral face coverings, we didn’t hesitate in our response and were keen to look at ways of working together.

“Right from the outset of the pandemic we knew we wanted to play our part in helping the fight against the pandemic. We truly believe the Bumpaa™ antiviral face coverings provide some reassurance and support during these difficult times, especially for support workers and families doing their utmost to care for the children in the hospice.”

Jessica Dellow, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager said:

“We are delighted with the formation of our new partnership with Bumpaa. With Bumpaa’s support we will help families keep safely connected to their community, through Bumpaa’s generous donation of 1,000 masks. No-one could have predicted the events of the past few months, or the impact they would have on Richard House. Building new partnerships, like that with Bumpaa, allows us to stay committed to caring for seriously ill children and their families. We are excited to build this partnership further over the coming months.”

The work won’t stop there, both organisations have further plans to design a bespoke Richard House Children’s Hospice mask, which Screenworks can then create. And plans for 2021 event support are also being made.