600 protective masks a week for Dorset's key workers

600 protective masks a week for Dorset's key workers

Published by George Sharpe at 2:42pm 9th April 2020. (Updated at 2:44pm 9th April 2020)

600 protective face masks a week could be headed to NHS staff and carers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to one man in Dorset.

Colin Bladon is a designer who runs Unbearable Design in Dorchester.

He's started manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Using 3D printers and laser cutters, he's hoping to create 120 protective masks a day for local health organisations.

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Posted by Unbearable Design on Thursday, 2 April 2020

Colin said:

"I think Dorset at the moment are fortunate that cases are relatively low in relation to the rest of the country.

"If there are businesses like myself that have the equipment and the facilities to do this, should be or trying to plug that gap now before there's this dire need.

"There are other places that have been hit much harder than us and are crying out for this sort of equipment from anyone that can make it."

He's calling on anyone else who has the equipment to help out.

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The masks will also be making their way to local healthcare centres that he says have even less PPE than some hospitals.

At the moment, Colin is creating the kit at cost but he says who won't be able to keep doing that for ever. 

He's set up a Go Fund Me page and is asking people to support him so he can keep making the masks to keep NHS workers safe.

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