Oasis Academy Immingham create much-needed PPE for care homes
A local secondary school in the heart of North East Lincolnshire have been making their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 crisis for two very local care homes who were ‘over the moon with joy’ to receive them.
"Words cannot describe how much these will be appreciated. Thank you so much."
Two teachers from Oasis Academy Immingham have been supporting their community with donations of school-made PPE, they made about twenty face shields and fifty visors using the academy’s laser cutter within their engineering department.
The completed face shields were then donated to Glyn Thomas House and Immingham’s Kensington Care Home, who like other key service providers are said to have had limited supplies at the moment.
The school wasn’t done at face shields, they also donated 15 dust masks, 14 boxes of latex gloves and ten pairs of protective glasses for use in the care homes.
Adam Burton, Learning Co-Ordinator for Design & Technology at Oasis Academy Immingham, said; “I got an email from Technology Supplies stating that there was a shortage of materials for making PPE that protects people on the front line from COVID-19.”
“They stated that schools may have the required materials in stock for making the PPE and shared a plan of the design for the face mask visors.”
“After finalising the design, we set a target of making 20 face mask visors. Eventually we started to run out of the material necessary for the headbands, so we went on a hunt around the school.”
“We found some old art folders that were made of the right material, so we cut them up and made the remaining parts from them, enabling us to meet our target for production."
“We used the laser cutter for most of the work with some pieces being formed by hand and we sanitised the visors before packing them up. We used A4 acetate sheets to form the front visor that attaches to the headband and used the laser cutter to make the holes and form the curves on the corners.”
Staff at Glyn Thomas House were said to be speechless when Adam dropped off the donation of masks, face shields, and gloves. One worker said; “Words cannot describe how much these will be appreciated. Thank you so much.”
Sara McLoughlin, Principal at Oasis Academy Immingham, added; “I am incredibly proud of Adam. We take our role within the community really seriously so when Technology Supplies got in touch and we realised we could help, our teach team got straight to work.”
“We are very fortunate to have cutting edge equipment within the technology department due to our engineering curriculum. We would have been able to make more but unfortunately we ran out of materials.”
“We are happy to support any schools or organisations who would like to make some. If anyone has the material but not the necessary equipment or skill set we would be happy to make them at the academy. If they contact firstname.lastname@example.org we can put them in touch with Adam.”