Drax donating face masks to Yorkshire hospitals

The owner of Britain’s biggest power station, Drax, has signed up to donate face masks to the NHS workers dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

Drax Group, which owns and operates Drax, has signed up for a new C-19 Business Pledge to help others during the crisis. A total of 250 face masks donated to Drax by a Chinese power company are being delivered to York Hospital as part of efforts to support workers

It has teamed up with former Cabinet Minister, Justine Greening, as a founding member of the C-19 Business Pledge, a national scheme which encourages employers to join the coronavirus effort by pledging to help their employees, customers and communities to get through the crisis.

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Drax Group CEO, Will Gardiner, said: “Our dedicated teams across England, Scotland and Wales are working around the clock to continue generating and supplying the electricity the UK needs at this critical time. Through the C-19 Business Pledge, we can work with others to go further in supporting those in our communities who need our help more than ever.”

Drax face masks

The masks were donated to Drax Power Station by employees at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao No.3 Power Generation Company in China. The Chinese energy company’s engineers visited

Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire last year, to learn more about its decarbonisation project in Europe by using sustainable biomass instead of coal.

Ms Greening said: “With the future of many employers hanging in the balance and incredibly tough times unfolding in sectors across the UK, businesses face many difficult decisions.

“But those organisations who are able to, like Drax Group, can have a huge role in battling the impact of coronavirus and make a real difference in these uniquely challenging times.”

Justine Greening and Andy Koss