Withernsea High School's production of PPE visors continues

As previously reported, Withernsea High School's Design Technology department have been busy producing visors to help supply local organisations with essential PPE.

Although the visors are being provided free of charge for those who need them, any financial support that may be available for the purchase of further materials to enable the continuation of this project would be most welcome.

A dedicated fundraising page has been set up for anyone who wishes to donate towards the cost of securing materials.

Please click 'Read more...' to view the latest update on the project from Nick Bullock, Head of Design Technology.

Mr Bullock commented:

‘I’m sure that our Design Technology team are not alone at this time in giving some thought to what they may be able to do to help the national and local situation. There’s nothing worse than feeling you are helpless and unable to provide support where you can. I know that many other staff and students have been feeling equally frustrated and are doing all they can to help with a variety of projects where they are able to.

For our part, we were initially frustrated to see that other organisations were able to use their skills in 3D printing to create PPE but, at the time, many schools were unable to follow suit. We were fortunately saved by the Design and Technology Association, who acted quickly to review a number of production options and approved a design for schools to work with. Having two laser cutters standing idle during this crisis provided the ideal opportunity to get involved and do our bit for the community.

To date, we have produced just over 700 of the face shields - with more on the way. Although they are not CE approved items, as a piece of PPE for use as a last resort where no other items are available, we have been surprised by the demand from across the area for this most basic level of protection.

Many individuals and organisations across the country are trying to avoid using approved equipment that might diminish supplies to the NHS and care homes on the frontline, but still need to protect their own workers through this period of great uncertainty. We have therefore been delighted that our small efforts here in school can at least make a contribution to this enormous shortfall in protective equipment, with our masks going out to local care homes and regional providers, along with assisted living settings, home helps, home delivery drivers, shops and supermarkets. It’s an endless list of people doing great work in the community, working to support the public but unable to access the correct PPE for their setting.

We intend to continue producing the shields until the need diminishes, which seems could be for some time yet. The project materials have so far been funded by school, since the priority was to get the shields manufactured and into circulation as quickly as possible, however to facilitate continued production we would be grateful for any donations that would enable us to continue this project.

Finally, if you are in need of face shields, whether it be one face shield or fifty, then please do get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help. Please email me at bullockn@wscampus.net or phone the school office on 01964 613133 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.’

Fundraising page for donations:

ABOVE: Head of DT Nick Bullock holds one of the completed visors while overseeing production of more components on a laser cutter.