Schools team up to make vital PPE

Schools team up to make vital PPE

Secondary schools across the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust are set to join forces to make face visors for staff working on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.

But they are in desperate need of donations of materials to be able to produce the vital equipment – including 1.5mm thick polypropylene sheet and acetate photocopying sheets.

Schools were inspired to act after teacher Angela King made hundreds of visors using a laser cutter at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy, in Derby, where she is Director of Technology.

Several requests for visors were made after Mrs King’s efforts were featured in the local media, so the Trust has now asked its other schools with laser cutters if they have the capacity to do the same.

St Thomas More in Buxton has made 80 visors so far and it is hoped that St Philip Howard, in Glossop, Saint John Houghton, in Ilkeston, and Blessed Robert Sutton, in Burton, may be able come on board.

Sean McClafferty, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We were so impressed by Angela’s work and the impact that was having that we asked our other schools if they could also produce visors.

“There is a possibility that they can support this project, but we desperately need donations of the materials for the visors as our own stocks are almost depleted.

“We have already received a donation from Polycopy, in Loughborough, which is fantastic, and we would like to thank them for that.

“We would love to hear from anyone who can support our teachers and we are sure the staff working on the frontline, playing such a vital role in the fight against Coronavirus, would be extremely grateful.”

Andrew Muldoon, Estates and Facilities Manager at the Trust, said “The contributions of all staff have been truly inspiring, and this is one of a number of ways our staff are supporting frontline services through this period. 

“The number of requests received following the initial donation was quite concerning and provided the desire to produce as many visors as possible with the resources available.”

So far, visors made by Mrs King have been sent to the Royal Derby Hospital orthopaedic surgery ward, maternity ward and renal unit and three care organisations.

Anyone who can make donations is asked to contact Andrew on or 07708 906 860.


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