SINCE the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the number of people accessing Skiggle’s services, and in particular, the online marketplace has grown by more than 40 per cent.
In many parts of the country, a stretched NHS has put a squeeze on the disability community’s vital resources with news reports highlighting just a fraction of the daily struggles being faced. Skiggle’s community have shared their experiences of nationwide stock shortages, cut supply chains, stock arriving late or not at all, and even endless streams of calls from health professionals asking for previously supplied personal equipment to be returned to boost hospital supplies.
It is no surprise then that people have been turning to Skiggle’s marketplace for help. Not only does the marketplace provide a valuable environmental service – by distributing products that would previously have gone to landfill – it stocks products that many people are now facing even more of a shortage of, which has been further exacerbated by Covid.
At one point in late 2020, the Skiggle marketplace featured hundreds of products valued at more than £60,000, which were all ready to be donated to those in need. Whether it’s a backup of spare pads, ventilator sundries, or a particular type of feed, to someone in desperate need of a new feeding tube to prevent infection and a subsequent hospital stay, Skiggle’s marketplace and its growing community are there to help with all services completely free for anyone to use.
To find out more about Skiggle’s marketplace and to browse the current products and equipment available, please visit: https://www.skiggle.co.uk/community-marketplace.
For Skiggle’s additional services and support, including the unique 24/7 emergency SOS alert system, please visit: https://www.skiggle.co.uk.