Chafford Hundred student produces face shields for care staff

An engineering student has put his lockdown time to good use by producing face shields for his local care home.

Josh Bateman, 17, of Chafford Hundred decided to turn out a few face shields for Derham House his local Barchester care home.

The materials cost about £1.50 for each mask so mum Vicki set up a fundraising page to raise £250 for him. But Josh’s little furlough project has grown and grown.

The family are now on his home-based production line, the fundraising total has hit a staggering £4,000 and he now has three 3D printers in full production.

“We couldn’t believe it,” said Vicki. “People were so generous and then someone donated another printer and we bought a third with some of the funds. His dad is on holes and I’m on elastic on the assembly line!”

Josh has now produced more than 600 face shields which he is delivering to hospitals all over Essex and London.

He plans to donate one of the printers to his old school Harris Chafford Hundred School when his furlough project ends. Any money left in the fund will go to the NHS.

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Mick Ferris

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