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School increases PPE range

Today, Friday 15 May 2020, The Hayebrook School PPE working group welcomed their newest member, Chair of the Academy Council, Mrs Jane Grier, who has extended the school’s range of PPE supplied to healthcare and frontline workers in the community, by stitching face masks and scrub bags.

Miss Collette Nelson, Head of School for The Hayesbrook School said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mrs Grier to the working group. We have received such an amazing response from those we have delivered to.  Just with our small contribution to help keep frontline workers safe and the ongoing effort of our volunteers it is a positive reminder that there are good things happening”

Inspired by the members of the student working group led by Mr Dave Roberts, a design and technology teacher, who are manufacturing PPE visors in the school’s design and technology workshop.  Mrs Grier, who enjoys sewing, joined the group extending the school’s range of PPE by stitching and supplying masks and scrub bags.  So far Mr Grier has made 160 items, which have all been delivered and most gratefully accepted by:

  • Tonbridge Care Home – 30 cotton face masks and 30 cotton uniform bags
  • Barnes Lodge Care Home – 20 cotton face masks and 30 cotton uniform bags
  • Tonbridge Cottage Hospital – 30 cotton uniform bags
  • Kent Mobility - 20 cotton face masks

Mrs Grier who was elected Chair of the Academy Council in September 2019 and heads the governance team, to ensure The Hayesbrook School thrives within its community said: “When I learnt about what great work our students are doing to support health workers in the community, I was really inspired and wanted to support them.  I thought this is something I can also get behind, I enjoying sewing and very quickly from my dining table I started stitching masks and scrub bags.

“It’s lovely to be part of the Hayesbrook community, who are pulling together, working as a team, delivering the needs of the school and at the same time helping our neighbours that are on the frontline.  I will continue to work with the school by producing more of the same or extending the range further if needed. If I can stitch it, I will make it.”