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First PPE visor delivery

Today, Wednesday 29 April 2020, The Hayesbrook School delivered their first order of personal protective equipment (PPE) visors to Tonbridge House Care Home.  Miss Collette Nelson, Head of School and Mr Dave Roberts, a design and technology teacher, formed a small working group responding to the demand for PPE for NHS staff.

The academy was prompted to take action when a school’s supplier shared a PPE visor design.  The design uses polypropylene for the headband, a low-cost material and can be easily laser-cut, and an A4 acetate sheet.

Mr Roberts said: “I was confident that with a small amount of help we would be able to manufacture the visors in the school’s design and technology workshop.  We already had the necessary materials in stock and the laser equipment needed to start production immediately.” 


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The school’s working party, led by Mr Roberts, included William - Year 8, Finlay - year 9, Louis - year 7 and James – year 9.

Miss Collette Nelson said: “During these difficult times we look towards the people we know and those that we can support. Many will have seen our rainbow at the front of school, created by staff and students in school to lift our spirits. However, we did not want to stop there and were keen to find other ways to spread hope and kindness, the PPE visors seemed a great initiative to launch to support both our local community and the NHS.” 

The small group, which has been following the Government’s social distancing guidelines during the laser-cutting production process, has made 60 PPE visors to date, with a material delivery on its way they are planning to continue production to support the demand within the community.

Daniel Hatley, Executive Principal for The Hayesbrook School said: “What our brilliant students and staff are achieving is fantastic and makes us very proud.  It makes absolute sense to use the school’s resources and equipment, while they are sitting idle.  Thanks to Mr Roberts and his expertise we can contribute in a small way to helping to protect our critical workers who are keeping our town moving and NHS staff on the frontline as they assist those in need.  It’s essential now, more than ever that we help and support our community however we can.”

Karen Pain, Home Manager for Tonbridge House Care Home said: “I personally want to thank Mr Roberts and the school for their kind gesture.  The residents and staff are touched by the offers of support from the community and whilst we are in the fortunate position of having two months’ supply of our own PPE, we gratefully accept this delivery from The Hayesbrook School whose students are regular visitors to our home in normal circumstances.   The residents are missing them and looking forward to better times when their visits can resume."

Mr Roberts concludes: “We have currently used all our stock of polypropylene, but thanks to Mr Hatley, who has kindly agreed to fund the purchase of more, we are waiting for a delivery any day now.  We will then be straight back into production.

“I would just like to thank everyone involved in the production, it’s really been a great team effort.”