Regional Government of Madrid donates old-style Metro de Madrid uniforms to Samur Social emergency shelter at IFEMA
The Regional Government of Madrid has delivered 831 garments which formed part of the old-style uniform for Metro de Madrid employees, in order to do their bit in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). This clothing will be used in the building that Samur Social has converted into an emergency shelter at the IFEMA trade fair complex in Madrid, specifically in Pavilion 14.
As a result of this, the emergency service now has 476 new fleeces and 73 overcoats, which were the cold weather wear of the old-style uniform of Metro de Madrid, which has recently been replaced. The service also received a donation of 200 neck warmers, 51 pairs of gloves and 40 scarves. These garments will prove very useful for the residents of the emergency shelter over the coming days, when a cold snap is forecast.
Furthermore, the Regional Government of Madrid enterprise has provided the Red Cross with 350 towels and 8,100 330 ml cartons of water, originally stocked for schoolchildren who were going to visit the Metro de Madrid installations. These were originally donated by Tetrapack for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) held in Madrid. The Madrid Red Cross will distribute these items to families at risk of social exclusion and those staying in shelters.
“At these difficult times every bit of help is useful. And at Metro de Madrid we also want to contribute and join in the wave of solidarity that is sweeping the Region of Madrid”, underlined the Chairman of Metro de Madrid and Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido. These donations are just part of the actions fostered by this enterprise to contribute to alleviating the consequences stemming from the current healthcare crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The enterprise has also made its transport services available to distribute materials and primary resources that have been bought with the money raised by a group of Metro de Madrid employees, for distribution to various healthcare centres and to persons in long-term care.
Some Metro de Madrid employees have organised themselves to collaborate in charitable actions, including a group of employees from the morning shift on line 12, who have hand-made plastic protective suits to be handed over to the University Hospital in Móstoles tomorrow; and an employee involved in the “maker” movement who is producing protective masks with a 3D printer and acetate, with materials provided by Metro de Madrid.
As a result of the situation caused by the extraordinary preventive measures stemming from the spread of the coronavirus and the declaration of the state of emergency, the use of Metro de Madrid services has fallen by 90%. Metro de Madrid staff continue to provide a public travel service to the public who still need to travel for work, to receive healthcare or to provide long-term care.
These include operative and maintenance personnel, those at the Command Centre, the Systems Area, security and staff at the Operations Centre (COMMIT). The rest of the employees are working from home, doing everything possible to maintain this service in the face of this unprecedented healthcare crisis.