Students produce face shields for east London healthcare workers

Moved by the current crisis, on Wednesday and Thursday this week four Elutec Academy and Sixth Form students produced visors for healthcare workers to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samuel Humphries and Mantas Kalnietis in year 12 plus William Dow and Eniakin Rufai in year 11 were keen to contribute their time and effort to support the cause and put their skills to good use in the engineering workshop.

The large, outstanding workshop facilities at Elutec allowed the students to work safely and maintain social distancing at all times.

To lift the spirits of those working in the NHS and healthcare sectors the students decided to manufacture the visors in various bright colours.

The recipients of the visors are Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower and Parkside Residential Care Home in Romford.

Tes Smith, director of quality & care at Saint Francis Hospice, said: “Saint Francis Hospice is in desperate need of personal protection equipment to protect its nurses and staff who are on the frontline.

“Thank you so much to everyone at Elutec School for thinking of the Hospice and taking the time and effort to make these visors so our nurses and staff can stay safe while they care for people who are seriously ill.”

Mick Ferris

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