Students at Crestwood School in Eastleigh have taken on the task of producing vital personal protection equipment for key workers in the Borough and surrounding areas.
Alan Haymer is a Design Technician at the secondary school and decided to make use of the tools and volunteers they had available whilst the school is only partially open.
They applied for a Community Grant through the Council and were awarded £1,000 to begin making the equipment. The money was used to purchase materials and began to manufacture visors for health care workers on the frontline.
To date they have made around 2,040 visors and are on track to continue producing up to 1,000 a week. Hospitals have also requested that they manufacture facemask tension straps, which make the PPE more comfortable to wear, and they have already been able to produce 1,100 of these.
Technician at Crestwood Community School, Alan Haymer, said:
‘We are very grateful to the Council for providing us with this grant and to the businesses that have donated material to help us provide vital personal protection equipment to our NHS workers.’
The PPE has already been distributed to Southampton General Hospital
and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester,
as well as doctors’ surgeries, local pharmacies and various care homes in the local community.
Crestwood are still looking for donations of more materials including;
0.5mm Polypropylene sheet
200 or 240 micron A4 Acetate sheet same as used for binding documents.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said:
‘This is a great use of resources and a fantastic way to support our frontline workers during this pandemic. We are pleased that the Council has been able to assist in the efforts with a community grant and hope to be able to help source more materials for staff at Crestwood School to manufacture more PPE.’
They have received donations of polypropylene offcuts and other materials from companies across the Borough including a kind donation from Willows Pre-School in Chandler’s Ford, who purchased enough material to make 400 visors.
The school have received messages of appreciation from four practices where the vital personal protection equipment will be used to protect staff, between the four surgeries they cover around 43,000 patients.
Crestwood are still looking for more donations of materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.