Local business goes from fashion to fighting Covid-19
15 May 2020
A Brentwood company has stepped up to support its local hospitals.
Anne and Jim Bender's company, Bender International, have
supplied denim fashion to big retailers such as Next for many years
but realised they could help out the NHS with personal protective
The couple first provided Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation
Trust with 1,200 scrubs which they sourced from contacts in Asia in
Since then they have worked with local factories to provide the
hospitals with another 6,000 scrubs and 10,000 gowns at cost price.
Next will be a delivery of another 30,000 gowns made from a fabric
which can be washed and reused.
Apart from the first shipment all the equipment has been
produced in England.
Anne said: "We knew that we could get the scrubs and gowns made
quickly and are delighted to be supporting our local
Jonathan Dunk, Chief Commercial Officer at Mid and South Essex
NHS Foundation Trust said: "We're so grateful to Anne and Jim, and
to all of the other local businesses who are supporting our staff
and patients in such a practical and beneficial way."