Answering the call for help!
School doors might be closed to most students at the moment, but The King’s is doing its bit to support the community by donating over a hundred pairs of protective eye goggles to help protect NHS staff in the fight against coronavirus.
Teachers at the 550-student school in Kidsgrove, responded to urgent calls from frontline workers for additional personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of those helping the efforts to tackle the disease across Staffordshire. The school’s entire stock of goggles has been donated to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Executive Headteacher Emily Verow said: “NHS staff are doing amazing work day-in, day-out and they deserve the best protection to allow them and their families to be safe, and ensure they can continue to help those who need it in the days and weeks ahead.”
“We're proud of everything they are doing, and I am also proud of our entire school community and want to say a huge thank you – to our teachers and staff who continue to provide an outstanding learning experience for our students, albeit remotely from home, to the staff educating the children of key workers in school, to our students who are working so hard remotely, and our parents who are helping them and supporting us in these challenging times.”
The equipment will be used by staff across the hospital, including porters, nurses, housekeeping, as well as community teams doing home visits. Hospital staff were said to be ‘overwhelmed’ with the generous gesture.
Also inspired by teachers across the country, the D&T department have now bounced into action designing and making face shields to be used by the frontliners in hospitals. D&T teacher Damien Hinchcliffe and colleagues have used devices and materials at the school, which would usually be used for Design and Technology lessons, to produce the protective visors.
The team has already produced 50 visors and are planning to produce more in the coming weeks. Once produced, the visors will be donated to the hospital and distributed to key workers.