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16 APR

Moorlands business fixes NHS staff’s vehicles for free

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A MOORLANDS business has showed its incredible generous spirit by repairing the vehicles of NHS staff free of charge as a thank you for their tireless efforts on the frontline fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Emissions equipment manufacturer Klarius, which is based in Cheadle, has already fixed two NHS nurses' cars and has two more health service staff's vehicles booked in. The latest staff member to have her car mended is Sophy Kuriakose from Newcastle-under-Lyme and she told the Times and Echo she was “extremely grateful” for what Klarius had done.

The Covid-19 frontline nurse said that she first noticed a loud noise in her car after finishing a shift one night at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Fortunately, Sophy was able to get it home safe but was concerned about how she would be able to fix her vehicle with it being her only method of transport into work.

She described her joy when Klarius told her they would fix her vehicle free of charge.

“I am so glad because it means I’ve got a little bit of help financially,” Sophy explained.

“I never thought that someone would put in a catalytic converter for free so I’m really grateful.

“I was thinking ‘how will I ever manage to repair it?’

“This now means I can get back into work next week.”

Sophy said she and her family needs the car as they use it to go and buy essential shopping, with her three children and herself unable to go out of the house for any other matter during this current outbreak due to having asthma, while husband George – who is also a health worker – suffers with diabetes.

She continued: “At work it is very stressful and very busy as we have a lot of patients but we are working as a team and hopefully everyone can get through it.

“I am extremely grateful for Klarius and thank them so much for repairing my car.”

This comes after the company replaced nurse Joby Peter’s catalytic converter after his was stolen from his car while on shift at the Royal Stoke University Hospital recently.

Group CEO at Klarius Mark Brickhill told the Times and Echo why the business has shown such acts of kindness.

“Several people at work had heard that his catalytic converter had been stolen and the overwhelming reaction was ‘we need to fix this – we can and we should’,” he stated.

“It is also partly because members of the team have got family members in the NHS and emergency services too.

“The fact that someone from the NHS had come off from a 12-hour shift to find that their car is not drive-able because someone has stolen the catalytic converter is utterly disgusting so from our point of view we are more than glad to help.”

Mark explained how such a job would normally cost between £700 and £900 but that staff members on furlough had come in to help and fit it for free.

He said: “Despite the crisis around us we are very confident we will survive and get through this challenge and one of the things I’m exceptionally proud of is our guys, who work in logistics, the warehouse and all the other departments, who are all volunteering to do this.

“I’m so proud of the guys and their positive, can-do attitude and also genuinely a big thank you for the guys who are on furlough too.

“We will bring them back as soon as the demand is there. As soon as the new normal happens, we’ll get them back at work.”

Mark stated that although the business had seen a reduction in sales, he was confident that Klarius would pull through to the other side.

He explained: “The Department for Transport says that the automotive aftermarket repair sector is an essential manufacturer and supply chain, especially for the emergency services and emergency workers, so we’ve remained operational.

“From a local point of view, as a company we employ nearly 280 people in total. We are Cheadle town’s biggest employer.

“As with all businesses, we are facing the challenges of coronavirus but we have got a very clear business plan in place.

“There are far fewer cars being driven so aftermarket sales are down but our business plan gets us through it at a time when many businesses are concerned for their long term future.”

Mark said he hopes that Klarius’ act of good-will inspires others to also be generous in this unprecedented time.

He added: “This is a time when businesses need to respond responsibly and those in the community to be responsible too.

“There are an awful lot of people and companies who are doing good, helpful and supportive acts of generosity and we hope that continues.”

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