Wolves and its ownership group Fosun have donated 2,300 pieces of protective equipment to the city of Wolverhampton, to support its efforts against the coronavirus epidemic.
Procured and facilitated by Fosun Foundation, the charitable arm of Wolves’ owners Fosun International, the cargo consists of 500 tape-sealed ‘red-zone’ coveralls, 800 medical coveralls and 1000 N95 masks.
The donation plan and consignment were coordinated by Wolves Foundation at Molineux on Friday morning, before being distributed to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Public Health teams to support and protect front-line services.
The delivery marks the seventh batch of medical supplies shipped out to overseas regions under Fosun’s ‘Global Covid-19 Relief Programme’.
As has become customary, the boxes of supplies arrived adorned with a phrase or poem of hope in the recipient region’s language this time - ‘We’ll be together, sharing the load, watching in wonder as our lives unfold’ - lyrics from Sir Paul McCartney’s Hope for the Future.
Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Our health and community care staff are working extremely hard to protect us against the Covid-19 outbreak, so it is so important that we do our bit to support them.
“As the ancient Chinese proverb says: ‘With the skin gone, what can the hair latch onto?’ - protecting our frontline health workers is to protect our club, families and our fans.
“The football may have stopped temporarily, but Wolves remains an important part of our local community, and we will fight on with the people of Wolverhampton, and do all we can to support our doctors and community workers, until we win the battle against the virus.”
Chairman of Fosun International and Wolves owner Guo Guangchang reiterated his desire for Fosun to play its part as a global company in the efforts to end the epidemic as quickly as possible.
He said: “We are deeply concerned about the health and safety of our staff and customers and stand steadfast with our British friends.
“Through unity, cooperation and human wisdom, we will step through this rough patch and prevail.”