Kindness Spotlight: People Powered UK


Courtesy of People Powered






Our latest blog as part of this

year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek focuses on People Powered UK – a

team of industry freelancers who have come together to use their skills

and knowledge to aid NHS services across the country.


People Powered UK is the brainchild of Katharine Williams (a lighting

designer who previously worked on Crew for Calais) and Jono Kenyon (a

lighting designer whose partner works in ITU). The organisation now has

over 1000 members from across the entertainment and live event

industries. They’re using their skills and experience developed from

working in theatre, festivals and events to help build structures quickly

and effectively, as well as source equipment from outside the NHS’s

usual supply chain in order to provide solutions to the various

challenges which hospitals are currently experiencing.


The organisation is one close to WL’s heart. Not only as it involves

several freelancers who we’ve worked with on many occasions but also our

own staff members are heavily involved in its day-to-day running.

This includes WL’s Stuart Porter who is part of the national team

along with Sam Knight who is the Log Manager. Stuart comments:

“What’s so incredible about People Powered UK is that, in a time when many

of those within our industry aren’t sure where their next job may

come from, these individuals have decided to ensure their skills

don’t go to waste and that they actually use them to benefit those who

need it the most. As part of the national team, it’s been

unbelievably humbling to watch so many step forward and want to make

a difference”.






Stuart Porter & Sam Knight – WL







recent support and work provided by People Powered UK includes:






  • Built


    structures which were used as triage

    and isolation units at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in

    order to help increase overall capacity.

  • Set


    up a free shop for

    staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London, which NHS

    workers can access after shifts. This allows them to pick up essentials

    such as toiletries and fresh food and veg without facing the

    supermarkets and potentially empty shelves.

  • Secured the use of walkie-talkie radios and


    placed them with Homerton, Lewisham, Barts, NW University Hospital, and

    the Royal London, Taunton and Somerset hospitals, along with the Lister

    Hospital in Stevenage. These radios reduce the amount of personal

    protective equipment needed, by allowing hospital staff to more easily

    communicate between COVID and non-COVID spaces about treatment


  • Supplied currently unused tour buses and


    converted theses into staff rest areas at hospitals

    including Lewisham.

  • Supplied radios to 10 midwifery


    units across the West Midlands, including the Royal

    Wolverhampton, University Hospitals Birmingham, Sandwell and West

    Birmingham and Walsall Manor. Great

    Ormond Street were supplied with 12 radios.

  • Arranged


    for 30 iPads to be gifted to

    the Chelsea and Queen Mary maternity units to allow patients

    there to stay in contact with loved ones.

  • Delivered PPE across the East of England,


    including 600 visors and 500 shoe covers. 

  • Worked


    with Roundhouse London to supply a pallet truck for Hackney Foodbank

    in anticipation of a large donation from Morrisons. Similarly, connected

    Event Catering Company, who are now working as a local foodbank for

    Basingstoke and Winchester Hospitals and local homeless charities, to

    Event Crew Solutions/GAP as they needed additional fencing and cable ramps

    to help manage their growing warehouse of donations.






The impact of all of these projects has been felt immediately.  Nicky Anslow, Head of Capacity and Flow and her A&E Team at ESHT, comments: “People Powered UK has been absolutely great. We’re totally amazed at how they have put together furnishing donations from the community – it is heart-warming and has made our A&E staff feel so supported. It actually makes a huge difference to how we cope by knowing that the community is there. This wouldn’t have happened without People Powered – we can’t thank them enough!”

So today, as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek where this year’s focus is on kindness, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with People Powered UK for your selfless acts and ensuring that you’re able to support those who need it the most during these surreal times. 






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