Dedicated Derbyshire teachers making PPE to help desperate NHS staff

Derbyshire teachers have teamed up to produce hundreds of visors, ear savers and facemasks for those in the NHS front line working flat out amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The team has created over 500 visors and now has enough material to create a further 1,000, thanks to The Primary School Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA).

Annette Nicklin, 35, Head of Design at Hope Valley College said they acted quickly after doctors from Eyam called in to see whether they could make personal protective equipment (PPE) as they are running out of their reserves.

“Our Engineering teachers, Mr Streets and Mr Beeden had a look at a range of designs, and we checked if we had materials.

“We did, so we started making for them. We started putting a message out on Facebook and the school website saying if others in the local area needed them too, contact us and we would do what we could.”

The team is working two days a week at the school and is now able to receive donations from the members of the public.

Ms Nicklin added the team was growing and three additional members have been added to the original five.

“We are a small school with an amazing community around us and we want to look after it as best as we can.”

Ms Nicklin said they were able to provide with PPE to a wide range of varied locations in the country.

They have sent PPE to local doctors and nurses practises (Eyam, Tideswell, Bakewell, Buxton, Matlock, Chapel, Killamarsh) and dental practises in the Hope Valley. They have also sent PPE to care homes and hospitals in Manchester and Sheffield.

She admitted their job was far from over. She pledged that as long help is needed, they would work very hard, even in their spare time, to deliver it.

“Mr Streets has taken a 3D printer home and is making the ear savers and distributing them.

“My technician, Ms Campbell-Bans is sewing scrubs at home and one of our TA’s, Mrs Scorer is making facemasks.

“I for one am making scrubs, scrubs bags and fabric ear savers for Rotherham ambulance service.”