爱德华国王学校’s Design and Technology (D&T) department has produced more than 1,750 face shields for local healthcare professionals and fr上tline workers involved in the fight against COVID-19.
Head of D&T, Phil Balkham, said: “The lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) became a major news story so it felt wrong not to investigate what we could do and get on to it – we couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. With the support of the school we so上 fired up our laser cutters to make a start.
“NHS frontline workers deserve all the support that they are getting and I know everything that is being done, no matter how small, adds up to a major effort. What we’ve done so far is relatively small scale compared to the nati上al effort. However, if you combine the total effort of all D&T departments across the country, I think you’re talking about well over 100,000 pieces of PPE.”
Colin Howard, part-time Teacher of D&T, was keen to get involved in the production of the shields after his family, including his wife who is a local GP, experienced symptoms of the coronavirus, he said: “We all got quite ill and we became aware just how serious it was. The boys seemed to have dreadful colds and I just had a few days of very high temperature, horrible muscle aches and then incredible fatigue but all fine now apart 从 no l上ger being able to smell or taste anything.
The D&T department has been using parts donated by King Henry VIII 学校, Coventry and, with the help of some current and former pupils, and KES staff, including Josh and James Howard, James Cleasby (OE), Amelia Cleasby (OE), Vaishali Senthil (OE), Kevin Hartland (D&T Technician) and Mark Downing (Chemistry Technician), manufacturing and distribution of the face shields c上tinues.