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The national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the current coronavirus emergency has been well documented in the headlines. In response to this crisis, schools across the country have been putting their 3D and laser cut printers into action to produce crucial PPE equipment.

A local initiative, led by St Hilda’s Design Technology Department, to produce PPE has resulted in six schools from across the North West working collaboratively, to ensure the region’s frontline workers are protected. We are incredibly proud of Mr Lee Ainsworth, Head of Art and Design and Technology at Blue Coat, who in just one week was able to support this scheme with an incredible 400 visors.

In just a short space of time St Hilda’s coordinated efforts has produced 3,585 visors with a further 1,000 expected next week, a truly remarkable response to the crisis. To date 3,400 pieces of vital equipment have been distributed to Aintree Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool Royal Hospital and Whiston Hospital, all South Liverpool GP surgeries as well as GP surgeries and Care Homes across Merseyside and the North West Ambulance Service.

To ensure that they are able to continue producing vital PPE equipment Friends of St Hilda’s have started a crowd funding campaign. If you would like to support this initiative please click here to access their Just Giving page. So far over £8,000 has been raised, surpassing their original £5,000 target.

Do you or anyone you know need access to PPE? If so, please contact St Hilda’s Mr Fitzpatrick at jfitzpatrick@st-hildas.co.uk. Visors can be distributed free of charge, in numbers and quickly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Ainsworth and St Hilda’s staff, including Mr Fitzpatrick, Mr Walsh, Miss Bulmer, Miss Ryan and many others for their heroic efforts in response to the current crisis. Thank you for keeping us safe!

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