In November, Interflex ran a competition in conjunction with our sister company Pinnacle PPE in recognition of the part played by the region’s care homes in dealing with Covid-19 during 2020.

We are delighted to announce our care home hero who has won £500 for her care home and a £100 voucher for personal use is Rachael Twist, who works at Church Farm Nursing Home in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire.

Going the extra mile

Rachael, who is the deputy manager at Church Farm Nursing Home was nominated by home manager Jack Titterton, who said, “I nominated Rachael as she has covered day and night shifts above and beyond the call of duty. This has helped to keep us at zero agency staff throughout the pandemic and therefore reduced the risk of Covid-19 entering the home. Even at short notice Rachael has covered to make sure the people we love and support are safe and well cared for. Not only that, Rachael continues to keep a smile on her face and go above and beyond for everyone at our home, so this is a great way of recognising her continued hard work!”

Recognising dedication and hard work

Interflex and Pinnacle PPE decided to run the competition to recognise the care industry, whose commitment and sacrifice to their residents has at times been overlooked during the pandemic. Interflex MD Jim Griffin says, “We are delighted to give this prize to Rachael Twist who is an incredibly deserving winner. Since the pandemic began, professionals like Rachael have been working tirelessly in incredibly challenging and quickly changing circumstances. Not only that, they have not always been given the same recognition as NHS workers. So, for that reason, we are very happy to recognise and reward Rachael, who should be very proud of everything she has done over the last ten months and continues to do every day.”

High quality UK-made PPE

Interflex made the decision to set up Pinnacle PPE in response to the acute shortage of PPE experienced in the care and medical sectors during the first lockdown. Since then, the new company has risen to the challenge to establish itself as a supplier of high-grade PPE that meets all-important UK safety standards.

Church Farm Nursing Home will receive 1,000 disposable face masks, 100 visors and 500 disposable aprons. Rachael Twist will be able to choose from experiences ranging from afternoon tea to a supercar driving experience.

Commenting on her win, Rachael said, “It was a lovely surprise to find out Jack had nominated me for this award and even nicer to find out I had won! Obviously as a business we are getting through large amounts of PPE at the moment, so the extra supplies will come in very useful. And I am very much looking forward to using my experience voucher when the opportunity arises.”

Diversifying in the face of adversity

As manufacturers of innovative NVH solutions for the automotive industry, Interflex have a long track record of adapting to change and responding to new demand, so although the creation of Pinnacle PPE was a big challenge, it was one we knew we could achieve.

In order to manufacture face masks and other items of PPE in the ‘clean room’ of the Interflex factory, we have recently invested in new equipment enabling us to produce half a million face masks every week as well as a new packaging machine and upgraded production area to guarantee a clean and safe manufacturing environment.

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