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MGA’s Operation Pac-Man successfully delivers PPE and toys to UK hospitals

Published on: 18th May 2020

The organisation has delivered over 35,000 pieces of PPE and £150,000 of toys to UK hospitals working to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Andrew Laughton, senior vice president UK at MGA Entertainment

MGA Entertainment (MGAE) extended its global, non-profit organisation Operation Pac-Man to support the NHS with PPE donations. The company’s MGAE Cares’ Operation Pac-Man initiative is a global initiative to procure and donate much needed PPE to frontline healthcare workers fighting to stop the spread of Covid-19 in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world. The company donated $5m from L.O.L. Surprise! global sales to start the initiative.

The UK MGAE team is supporting the initiative by localising its efforts and donating critical PPE equipment to medical professionals and facilities around the UK. More than 10,000 masks and 10,000 goggles have been donated to hospitals, including Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Kettering Hospital, Warwick Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital and Leicester Hospital. Further donations are planned in the coming weeks and will include face shields, gloves and an additional 12,000 surgical masks.

In addition to PPE, MGAE UK has also donated over £150,000 worth of toys to children’s wards and hospitals around the country including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Leeds Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and many more.

Launched to help the fight the spread of Covid-19 worldwide, Operation Pac-Man is working to provide hospitals with much-needed supplies, including the creation of a full-face mask for doctors and a ventilator mask for patients. Both are currently being tested in the US and will be manufactured at Little Tikes factory in Hudson, Ohio, USA. As part of the operation, hospitals and medical centres can register their needs for equipment donations online.

Andrew Laughton, UK MD of MGA Entertainment UK, said: “These challenging times call for us all to get involved and do what we can.  We are working hard to provide vital life-saving PPE throughout the UK and will be raising funds and donating as much PPE as we can to support those on the frontline of this crisis. We’re also proud to donate a range of our toys to hospitals– hoping that these will bring smiles and comfort to those children who are in hospital during this difficult time.”

For further information, or for hospitals and medical centres wanting to request PPE, click here.

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