PRESS RELEASE 24/09/2020
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BELFAST FIRM DONATES OVER £1k WORTH OF TRITEMP NON-CONTACT THERMOMETERS TO BELFAST SPECIAL SCHOOL IN DRIVE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES DURING COVID-19
The new relationship marks the first CSR initiative for TriMedika which has seen its sales more than triple during pandemic. Belfast company TriMedika, a producer of one the world’s only certified non-contact professional thermometers, is reaching out to the NI community to support vulnerable children during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The business, which operates from its Springfield Road base, has ramped up its activity since the outbreak of virus, servicing new global markets and new sectors within those markets but now TriMedika, headed by Chief Executive Officer Dr Roisin Molloy and with co-founders Julie Brien and Paul Molloy, has turned its attention to the Belfast community to support the needs of children and staff at Harberton Special School.
The school is the first community entity to receive the professional devices from the company allowing parents of children and staff, to work and educate with reassurance. The school will be using the reliable thermometers to test staff and children’s temperatures safely and efficiently as the drive to find a vaccine continues.
Angela Wilson Head of Marketing at TriMedika has a child at the school. She explains why the business took the decision to begin its CSR campaign at Harberton Special School. She said: “My son Finn, who has Down Syndrome, was rushed to hospital with suspected COVID-19 in April. After two days agonising wait we were told he didn’t have COVID but that he had bilateral pneumonia and he spent the next two and a half weeks in hospital. In hospital, they used ear thermometers which was very uncomfortable for Finn and I was worried about the risk of infection with Covid!
“Finn, like many of the pupils at Harberton Special School, is vulnerable and in and during his time in hospital, Mr Curran, the Head Master at Harberton and Finn’s teacher Miss Rafferty offered a lot of support. Finn really enjoyed speaking to them and it really picked him up. It was really great to see his wee face light up when he got a phone call or a new video message and it spoke volumes about the importance of an educational setting to our children.
“School is not just a place to learn for Finn and other children but it is a social outlet that is essential to their growth and emotional development that’s why we chose Harberton Special School as our first community connection because it reassures parents and staff that the resumption of the school day is done as safely as possible.”
TriMedika supplies its non-contact professional thermometer TRITEMP™ to over 500 hospitals across 16 countries including the NHS.
Julie Brien COO and Co-Founder of TriMedika, said: “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have seen demand for our TRITEMP™ product surge and with that growth we made a decision to give back to our community.
“We were aware of Angela’s concerns over Finn’s return to school and we wanted to do something practical to help Angela and parents like her.
“We felt that there was no better way to do this than to provide some TRITEMPs where they could really be of benefit, helping give peace of mind to parents, pupils and teachers at Harberton.”
Ms Brien said the Coronavirus pandemic has given rise to many “pop-up” thermometer companies but with TRITEMP™ comes quality assurance and the backing of a lengthy client list that includes some of the world’s most reputable healthcare institutions including the NHS.
Speaking about the donation, Mr Curran, Headmaster at Harberton, said:
“We had been using off-the-shelf thermometers and when we looked into the discrepancy and variance of the readings it was concerning. TriMedika’s thermometers give me the assurance of accuracy. That’s why we are so happy to have the highest quality clinical grade thermometers in the school and are truly grateful to the company for gifting us with the non-contact thermometers.
“Even when the pandemic passes, we will still be able to put the thermometers to good use when our children are unwell, so thank you TriMedika!”