Aylsham

Technology team steps forward for the frontliners

Just Regional
Apr 21, 2020 2 mins read

Local care homes, hospitals and other care workers are benefiting from the hard work and skills of the Design and Technology team at Aylsham High School.

As soon as the lockdown began, there was a decision across the D and T community to help support the NHS with valuable PPE.

Liam Whiting-Smith, head of DT at the school was one of the first to respond.

“The first thing that I did was to collect all of our PPE from the school workshops including face shields, goggles, respirators and dust masks which I took up to Cromer Hospital for them to share out,” he said.

“With encouragement from my colleagues I designed and made some prototypes of full face shields from offcuts of plastic, laser foam and PVC clear sheets. Eventually, helped by my youngest son, I was able to produce over 80 face shields from home with the materials we had in school, and donations of cable ties from S&M builders supplies in Aylsham.

“With kind help from Julie Kamara and the Parents of Aylsham High School network through Twitter and Facebook, a small network was set up to find those most in need of PPE in the Aylsham community.”

Some of the protection which has been made or donated by Liam Whiting-Smith and the Aylsham High School team and supporters.

Key workers collected it from Liam’s home and he was out and about, dropping the face shields off at places including St Michael’s Hospital and St Michael’s Court care home, in Aylsham; Aldborough GP Surgery; Market Place GP surgery, Aylsham; North Norfolk community midwives; Paston GP Surgery; Aylsham Manor care home; Aylsham first responders; Stalham GP surgery; the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and many other vulnerable individuals.

Liam said: “I can’t thank all of those who helped out with this project enough. It was a great effort by all.”

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