Dorset schools making PPE for frontline workers

Dorset schools making PPE for frontline workers

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:26am 28th April 2020.

Schools in Dorset have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis by making face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help the NHS and other workers avoid infection.

Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester is one of them.

Headteacher Mike Foley said: 

"I am proud that we are have been able to help Dorset health workers and other frontline staff limit their risk of infection by making personal protective equipment.

"Thanks to everyone involved and also to Swift Signs of Weymouth and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for their donations."

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Many schools have also donated their own supplies of goggles and face shields, usually used in science and technology lessons, to local hospitals.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said:

"I'd like to thank Dorset Schools for doing their bit to help our community get through these difficult times - it is very heart warming.

"We will get through this together."

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Blandford School making PPE.

Another which has been manufacturing face shields and masks is Blandford School, the head teacher Sally Wilson said:

"We are responding to the urgent need for PPE equipment by going into production for the local community.

"Our production team, led by Dave Luxton, our Head of Design Technology, are using their talents and our state-of-the-art equipment to produce equipment.

"I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has generously offered time, machinery, resources, financial support and delivery services to help us get this vital equipment to those who need it.

"It is amazing to see how everyone is pulling together, across the community, to support those caring for us."

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Mr Luxton put out an appeal for materials, Bryantson school and From Dorset With Love are just two groups that responded, giving polypropylene sheets and acetate sheets for face shields. 

Mrs Wilson says:

"Our appeal highlighted not only how generous the people of Blandford are, but also how much need there is for personal protective equipment.

"We have had requests from Blandford Hospital, East Dorset District Nurses, Bovington Health Clinic, nurse prescribers working in Weymouth and Gillingham as well as other local businesses and care homes.

"So far we have had more than 120 requests for face shields, so we will continue to manufacture them for as long as we can."