Real estate services firm JLL has created the 'real estate for real-life heroes' campaign to help buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and life-saving equipment for a recently converted hospital in Warsaw.
One hundred coronavirus patients are currently hospitalised in the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw, which was transformed into the largest single-purpose infectious disease hospital in the capital a few weeks ago.
The JLL campaign, which was launched in April, has successfully attracted donations from firms including BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland, BPI Real Estate Poland, Cushman & Wakefield, Dentons, Dom Development, HB Reavis, Knight Frank, KR Group, Metro Properties, NEPI Rockcastle, Panattoni, Penteris, Savills, SEGRO and Linkleaders.
'The patients are being looked after by a multi-specialist team of 400, which also receives several dozen people a day who have coronavirus-type symptoms,' said Iwona Soltys, patient department manager of the hospital.
'Our employees need nearly a thousand FFP3 masks a day. In addition, we must secure additional respirators, cardio-monitors and devices for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. This is very expensive equipment, and without it we will not be able to effectively fight for the lives of the most seriously ill people when the number of patients increases.'
'This campaign is aimed at the entire real estate industry, especially since the sector has repeatedly proved its readiness to come together for a worthy cause,' said Anna Mlyniec, member of the JLL board in Poland. 'Of course, you don’t have to be part of the industry in order to help – all are invited, both companies and individual donors. Every penny counts.'
Donations are still open for firms and individuals which would like to join the initiative.