Home Instead Owner, Fatta honoured as a Covid Hero!

5th December 2021, Fatta Thapa, director of Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley honoured for his exceptional contribution to the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crises in Nepal. The award was presented to Mr Thapa by Mrs Rosan Khanal, the acting Ambassador for Nepal to the United Kingdom.

Owner of Home Instead Greenwich and Bexley, Fatta Thapa, working with Home Instead Dartford, Folkestone, Croydon and Wembley, raised over £2300 and donated 321,000 PPE masks to remote areas of Nepal where COVID-19 had hit hardest.

With very few healthcare options, a shortage of ventilators and very limited supplies of PPE equipment such as masks to defend against Coronavirus, these 321,000 masks provided additional protection for vulnerable citizens across Gulmi district of Nepal. The masks were transported to 12 local councils in Gulmi, who then distributed them to local council facilities, isolation spaces, hospitals and other governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Fatta commented: “I am deeply saddened to see the people of my birth country suffering from this terrible virus. However, we’re in the fantastic position to make an impact on people’s lives from 4,500 miles away. “I’m glad that we have been able to provide such a large number of masks which we now know that has made a huge difference on the ground in the fight against COVID-19.”

Fatta continues: “Projects like this allow vulnerable citizens a place of sanctuary and safety. I’m extremely pleased we could contribute to this effort, and great to see that the situation in Nepal has improved over the last few months.”

Home Instead’s national office team, including financial director Tom Robinson played a large role in the effort, sourcing the vital supplies of PPE as well as overseeing the shipping and delivery.

Fatta’s business Home Instead is based in Welling and specialises in the care of older people in their own homes. The company and its caregiving teams have been at the forefront of keeping people safe during the pandemic so have a very real understanding of the need for protection. Concluding Fatta said, “We live in a developed country and have had access to the right PPE at the right time. It’s helped us to keep our clients and caregivers safe. My heart goes out to those who have faced the pandemic with limited supplies.”

Mask Handover in Nepal