Teachers Mrs King, Mr Lambert and Mr Snell are making hundreds of face visors for staff working on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus.
Initially, Mrs King was inspired to put her DT skills to good use when she saw a story on the news about another school in the East Midlands making PPE for hospitals.
She downloaded a template for face visors and made them using a laser cutter at school, where she is Director of Technology, and Mr Lambert and Mr Snell have now joined her. Visors have been sent to staff at Royal Derby Hospital and care workers.
Mrs King said: “When I saw the piece on the news about a school in Stamford making PPE I thought we could do that. I downloaded a template and went into school on my own to use the laser cutter to cut the strips that form the visor’s headband, which is adjustable. The actual visor that is attached to the headband is an A4 acetate photocopying sheet.
“I spoke to Mr Gritton and he was more than happy for me to go into school to make the visors. I’ve got to fit it in around my husband who is still working and my children who are at home.
“I’ve just been making them with whatever equipment we have in the department and I think I’ve got enough to make 300. It only takes a couple of minutes to make one and I made 25 in a couple of hours.”
Mrs King initially found a contact for an orthopaedic nurse at the Royal Derby via a Facebook group called Derby – For the Love of Scrubs Our NHS needs you!, which has been set up by people who are making scrubs for NHS staff in Derby.
Mrs King said: “She would be treating people for broken bones but even though they might not have Coronavirus, every patient is treated as if they have, so they need to wear the PPE too in case anyone coughs or sneezes. They also may have to intubate patients and that can cause a lot of saliva which can release droplets into the air.
“She picked up the first batch and took them straight to work. She told me that they were really good and everyone was really pleased with them which is great. She said everyone liked the fact that the headbands were adjustable so anyone can wear them. I’m glad that I can help.”
Mr Gritton thanked Mrs King for her efforts.
He said: “At Saint Benedict we want to do everything possible to support frontline healthcare staff. I am immensely grateful Angela King and her team who, in addition to setting work for pupils every lesson and looking after their own children, have found the time to do this vital work to support the NHS at this very challenging time.”
Sean McClafferty, CEO of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said: “Our staff are already playing a huge part in keeping schools open to support our key workers, however our schools do have many resources which could be used. I am delighted that Angela King has made use of these to support our frontline workers. I would encourage all of our schools if they can, to do the same.”