At a time where plenty of people are showing an ‘every man for themselves’ mentality, Radlett Physiotherapy took residents’ wellbeing into their own hands by offering out 15 litres of sanitiser free of charge.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the private practice on Watling Street began giving out hand sanitiser until its stock ran out at the beginning of last month – all they asked for in return was a small donation to Children with Cancer UK.
Karen Michaels (pictured), Radlett Physiotherapy’s practice manager, explained: “I realised that the whole of the country had run out of hand sanitiser and saw that we had about 15 litres in store, so we put a message on Radlett Village Facebook offering free hand sanitiser to anyone wanting to pop in with a small container.
“We were absolutely inundated with people, including local schools, nurseries, synagogues and libraries. Lots of people asked for two, one for them and one for their elderly parents who were most vulnerable – it was great to be able to help these people.
“Ninety per cent of people were incredibly grateful and around half of them gave us donations to charity. At a time where things feel very scary and negative, we’re just so pleased that we were able to have a positive impact in the community.”
While the practice has now run out of sanitiser to hand out, Karen hopes their actions have inspired people to continue helping others through the pandemic.
She said: “My advice would be to look after the elderly during this ordeal. Help those you know by doing their shopping for them if you can, and get them anything they need. Also, if you’re beginning to feel a bit ill, please don’t go into public spaces – you’ll be fine, but other more vulnerable residents may not be if they catch it off you.”