The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, which was to have hosted the Commercial Vehicle Show 2020 from 28 to 30 April, is now being converted into a temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital to help existing hospitals across the Midlands cope with increasing numbers of patients suffering from Covid-19.
Isuzu UK has donated three D-Max pick-up trucks to help in the construction of the Nightingale Hospital.
The facility at the NEC will be the largest of the five Nightingale hospitals with a capacity of up to 4,000 beds. Nearly 300 people have been working on the site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to give relief to overstretched health services and to alleviate some of the pressure on local hospitals in one of the worst-hit regions of the pandemic.
The Utah specification trucks form part of the All Purpose division of the D-Max range and sit below the limited edition XTR and flagship Blade in the line-up. They will be put to use moving building materials around the site as well as transporting supplies and equipment.
William Brown, managing director of Isuzu UK, said: “As a Midlands-based organisation, we felt the need to get involved and offer assistance in our local community at this critical time.
“We’re really pleased to be able to contribute to such a crucial development and would encourage other frontline services to get in touch as we’re ready and willing to help further”.
In addition to keeping workshops open for essential services during the pandemic, Isuzu has pledged to loan its fleet and demonstrator vehicles, free of charge, to businesses and services that need to get food and medicine to people who are most in need and are hardest to reach.