Norwich School makes face masks for NHS
Teachers from Norwich School have responded to NHS concerns about personal protective equipment by manufacturing their own.
In response to the rise in patients being treated for coronavirus, art and design teachers from Norwich School have given up their time to make protective visors for healthcare staff and key workers.
Staff from Norwich School volunteered over the Easter holidays to help and currently approximately 4,000 face shields have been produced.
These have been delivered to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, to nursing homes, hospices and GP surgeries around Norfolk and beyond. Norwich School has also been sharing our design with other schools around the country so they can make their own.
The deliveries included around 100 pairs of goggles and 30 boxes of gloves donated from the school’s science department.
Ed Cann, the teacher who initiated the effort, said: “We have had numerous requests from the local medical community for the school’s support.
“Following prototyping on Sunday, we managed to produce 138 on Monday using the materials we had in stock.”
The visors are being constructed with the school’s laser cutter, with available materials suggesting they can produce at least 150 face shields each day.
Headteacher Steffan Griffiths said: “Norwich School has remained open to supervise the children of key workers and is now pleased to be able to use its resources to support the NHS in another way.
“I am grateful to my colleagues for giving their time and using their expertise to make equipment which enables health workers to assist those in need.
“It is important that everyone plays their part in helping the community respond to the coronavirus outbreak and we will continue to explore ways in which we can be useful to these wider efforts.”
Project title: Face mask production
Who runs the project: Norwich School
Where we operate: Norfolk and beyond
Address: 71a The Close, Norwich NR1 4DD
Public contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01603 728430
Main contact: Ed Cann
Pictured above are face-shields manufactured by the school's art and design staff, and a school vehicle preparing to deliver the masks. Photos: Norwich School