Staff join efforts to support NHS

STAFF from Priestley College have joined efforts to protect NHS workers and local residents as well as stop the spread of coronavirus.

A team are preparing to manufacture the full-face visors used by the NHS and in care homes.

Art technician Felicia Singleton will laser cut the masks from materials supplied by Dave Connor of The Optimum Group UK.

Adrian Manders, a member of the estates team at Priestley, has taken delivery at his home of enough sheets of plastic to cut 200 visors. Together with Wayne Pownall he will be opening college so that Felicia can access the laser cutter.

Masks will be used by organisations around the North West short of PPE.

Across the country Design and Technology teachers have been helping the efforts to support the NHS.

The Design and Technology Association has partnered with 3D Crowd to deliver more than 39,000 PPE shields to NHS Trusts last weekend.

Locally, Priestley staff member Ken Halliday has been asked by DoES Liverpool – a community of volunteers who are producing effective, low-cost visors for healthcare workers and hospitals across the North West – to be their Warrington Area Coordinator.

Ken said: “At a time like this there is a lot of work to be done and one of the most positive things is seeing how everyone is responding and pulling together.

“I’m very proud that Priestley can be a part of these efforts and would like to thank those who have made it possible – especially Felicia for her hard work in creating the visors.”

To donate towards an appeal to produce more visors go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/get-visors-into-the-hands-of-healthcare-workers