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Lifeline To The Frontline donates power banks to NHS staff

David Murphy

Lifeline, a London based startup that delivers phone power as service, has launched Lifeline To The Frontline, an initiative to provide power banks to NHS staff and frontline workers, so they can stay powered and connected during shifts on the COVID-19 frontline.
To date, over 1,000 pre-charged Lifesaver power banks, using 100 per cent renewable energy provided by Octopus Energy, have been donated and delivered to the University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London.

The idea started when Lifesaver was hit by the global pandemic and CEO, Archie Wilkinson, started to explore how power banks could be used to contribute positively to the battle against COVID-19.

During a recent Government update, Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May shared her experience on how nurses make sure their batteries are fully charged, confirming his vision to help power the frontline.

A Lifesaver power-bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, which will charge most average size phone models to two full charges. Lifesaver has brought together a number of partners to support the initiative including Nissan, Boodles, Octopus Energy for Business, Landbot, The Conduit & helpforce.

Wilkinson said: “People need power on the go. Frontline workers are under new pressures and need our support to stay powered and connected. We have launched Lifeline To The Frontline as a way to bring partners across the world to play a small part in helping these doctors and nurses stay connected with patients, family and loved ones.”

Zoisa Walton, CEO of Octopus Energy for Business, added:
“We are incredibly proud to be supporting this initiative from Lifeline to the Frontline and to be supplying the power banks that are distributed amongst NHS staff.

Keeping devices charged keeps people connected. NHS staff can use devices to access their own support networks and patients can speak to loved ones in their time of need. Powering these devices with 100 per cent renewable energy is beneficial for the planet and the people most affected by this virus.”