Burnley textile firm joins in fight against Ebola

SPECIAL ORDER: Ray Chaney, who has worked at Lancashire Textiles for more than 20 years, packing the order

SPECIAL ORDER: Ray Chaney, who has worked at Lancashire Textiles for more than 20 years, packing the order

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Burnley company Lancashire Textiles is helping the fight against Ebola.

The firm, based in Cameron Mill, was contacted out of the blue two weeks ago and asked if they could make 300 special pillows.

When Managing Director Joe McBride found out these pillows were to be flown out to Liberia to be used by the Ebola treatment team in makeshift hospitals, Lancashire Textiles did them for a charitable price.

Mr McBride, whose company supplies bedding around the world and also has a shop at the mill, explained: “We got a call from the International Rescue Committee asking for 300 special pillows which had to be waterproof on the outside and anti-bacterial on the inside. We didn’t know what they were to be used for but went ahead with the order.

“When they were ready we contacted the company and they explained why they wanted the pillows - to use them in the fight against Ebola.

“They were willing to pay full-price for them but we only charged them cost price as we want to help as much as we can.

“We usually make 2,000 pillows a day but these were specialist and we had to make them quickly so it was hard work but we were only too glad to do it.

“There aren’t many places in the UK which make these type of specialist pillows and we had to pack them all up and seal them to avoid contamination.

“As a company in Burnley we are proud to be making items which we can send out and help to fight a world-wide disease.”