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BP Promises Free Fuel To Emergency Services As Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

BP Promises Free Fuel To Emergency Services As Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

With NHS staff and police officers stretched to their limits as they try to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, BP has announced it will offer free fuel to all emergency workers.

The global giant has also promised to provide free delivery of food and essentials to the elderly, who are amongst the most vulnerable and at risk to the deadly disease.

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Making the pledge, BP CEO Bernard Looney said the company wanted to do its part to help those who need assistance.

He wrote: "As the spread of COVID-19 continues, our natural instincts are to protect our families, our colleagues and our company.

"But in line with our purpose - we want to do more.

"I have been engaging with our business leaders across BP to see what more we can do to assist the communities where we live and work.

Emergency staff will be able to fill their tanks up for free at BP stations. Credit: PA
Emergency staff will be able to fill their tanks up for free at BP stations. Credit: PA
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"Whether that be supporting governmental efforts - helping local charities - or reaching out to the people in our supply chains. We are extending a helping hand where we can.

"Today (19 March), here in the UK, we announced we will be providing free fuel at our retail sites for the emergency services - the women and men who we are all depending on to protect us during this time.

"We are also looking to protect the elderly - in many ways the most vulnerable - by providing free delivery of food and convenience goods from many of our retail sites. And - of course - we will continue to ensure supplies of fuel and energy are uninterrupted.

"We will update you as we do more around the world. But rest assured we take our responsibility as a member of society seriously - and know we have a role to play. And we will."

The fuel giant will also provide free delivery of food and essentials to the elderly. Credit: PA
The fuel giant will also provide free delivery of food and essentials to the elderly. Credit: PA

This comes after it was announced that the British Army had put 20,000 troops on standby to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Forming part of its 'Covid support force', the Army has announced that a further 10,000 military personnel will be added to the 10,000 that are currently already on 'higher readiness' in the event of a civil emergency.

This means that thousands of troops are now being flown back to the UK to support the efforts of those in the NHS and police.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]