Sir Robert Pattinson Academy is providing medical staff with vital protection equipment during the Covid-19 crisis.
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy has already provided 1000 plastic face protectors for Lincoln County Hospital staff and Bassingham GP surgery.
And now the school has £1,270 from donations in just two days – enough to produce another 2,500 items of personal protection equipment.
The face visors are being made in the North Hykeham school’s design and technology department with the first batch collected by hospital staff last week (Friday).
The request came when academy head teacher Dale Hardy spoke to friends and neighbours who worked in the hospital and who told him supplies of personal protection equipment were low.
So, after discussions with the school’s head of DT and Art Dave Palethorpe, the headteacher agreed to supply the visors to the city’s hospital.
Since then masks have been produced for staff in the critical care and radiography departments – and after a personal plea to the school from staff – additional items were given to the hospital’s x-ray department and Bassingham surgery.
“The school has always placed a great deal of emphasis on playing a positive role in the local community and it’s at times like this that it really matters,” he said.
“When I heard how desperate hospital staff were for personal protection items I was confident we could help and with Dave’s agreement and commitment we have been able to produce hundreds for NHS staff with hundreds more in the pipeline.
“If our efforts can help protect just one member of staff or patient from contracting this appalling virus then it will have been worth the effort.2
The school set up a gofundme page to raise cash to pay for materials but the response was so overwhelming it has paused further donations for now. The page had raised £1,270 in just two days with pledges ranging from £50 to £5.
A spokesman for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to the staff at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy for providing this vital equipment, the support we are receiving from the local community is making a huge difference.
“These visors will play a significant part in protecting our staff and patients.”