Last week our LLP DT Learning and Teaching Specialist Alyson Blakeley, from Prince Henry's Grammar School asked for help.
Following the recent news reports highlighting the difficulties faced by hospitals, GPs and other care providers in sourcing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for their key workers as well as having an awareness that at the same time, in schools and colleges around the country there are 3D printers and laser cutters sitting idle, she sent out a request. Alyson wanted as many science and design technology departments across the Leading Learning Partnership (LLP) to donate their personal protection equipment (PPE) to local GPs and hospitals who are in need of the much needed equipment.
The fabulous Science and Design and Technology colleagues across the partnership have really risen to the challenge. Across West Yorkshire they have now donated over 1350 pairs of goggles, across sixteen doctors’ surgeries (some of which are Covid-19 red zones), The LGI (Paediatrics and Intensive care), Chapel Allerton Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Harrogate Hospital and Pinderfields. Many other schools have also donated their goggles, antibacterial wipes, latex gloves, face masks and aprons and many more continue to do so.
Alyson commented: "I'm really proud to be part of a network who have stepped up in quite a horrendous situation to help in whatever way they can. Every single doctor that I have met has been blown away by the support from schools and very grateful for the school PPE that has been donated."
Many local schools have also been making the visors which featured on Look North, which were brilliantly made by Allerton High School. School’s 3D printers and laser cutters are also working at full stretch at GSAL as John Bagshaw, the head of design technology, similarly responds to the demand for vital PPE to keep frontline healthcare workers safe. The machines have been used to make visors from materials that many schools already have in stock for DT projects that can’t now be completed. The basic design uses PETg or ABS filament and elastic to make a headband to which an
acetate or PET sheet is attached as a face shield.
John said: “The masks go as quickly as I can make them. We are in full production mode with three printers churning out six masks an hour. It’s all hands on deck, with colleagues giving their time to help out in between their remote teaching sessions with students.”
While GSAL has the machinery required to keep manufacturing vital PPE for our health workers, supplies of materials are running low. John would be grateful for supplies of A4 PET sheet or acetate sheet – the type usually used as covers for binding documents – or any CEL/Robox 3D printing filament. Call 0113 229 1552 or email email@example.com if you can help.
Now there’s another challenge. Can you help?
The textiles team at Prince Henry’s Grammar School have become involved in sewing scrubs for NHS workers and are in need for further support. More details can be found: https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/30/thousands-people-sewing-scrubs-nhs-workers-need-help-12477856/