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Ashburton’s Stihl Shop has donated 70 pairs of safety glasses to the nurses and doctors of Ashburton Hospital. With some of the goggles are (from left) Abbey Marshall, Sharon Greenslade, Annette Cox, Nisa Francis and Lisa Campbell.

The Stihl Shop in Ashburton has donated 70 pairs of safety glasses to the nurses and doctors of Ashburton Hospital.
The Stihl Shop is part of Jeff Marshall’s Ashburton motorcycle store and Jeff knows full well how crucial it is for essential health workers to be prepared in the fight against Covid-19.
His daughter Abbey is a nurse at Ashburton Hospital and among health workers on the frontline.
The safety glasses have been approved for use by infection prevention and control and have been distributed across the service.
Hospitals around the country have been preparing to see Covid-19 patients. Some 1366 cases of the virus have been reported in New Zealand (as at April 14), and health authorities say physical distancing and good hand hygiene are crucial to keeping numbers low so our hospitals and health workers are not overwhelmed.
Jeff is also an essential worker and volunteer firefighter. His role as deputy chief of the
Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade sees him in a supervisory role over three watches of firefighters that are rostered on, a week at a time, to respond to fires, vehicle accidents and other emergencies.
Jeff’s motorcycle business is also responding to essential breakdowns from its farming clients.
His wife Kerry has been a regular driver of the St John health shuttle to Christchurch, but that service as been suspended for three months while the country fights Covid-19.