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Lee Farrington, MD of Dolphin Lifts Midlands, taking delivery of the donated PPE

A design and technology department in a West Midlands’ high school has designed, produced and donated invaluable personal protective equipment (PPE) for the team at Dolphin Lifts Midlands.

Leasowes High School created face visors which will be used by the mobility provider’s installation and service teams when engaging with customers for important stairlift, through-floor-lift and hoist installations and maintenance.

The PPE was designed by Stuart Chatterton, the Design & Technology Curriculum Manager at the school, along with colleagues Melanie Jamieson, Kathryn Wilkes, Matthew Mynott and Martin Lopez.

In just three days, the team of educators manufactured and supplied over 400 visors which were given to the Tipton-based mobility company, as well as to local hospitals, care homes, pharmacies and key workers within the NHS.

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Leasowes High School’s High School has been working to supply vital PPE to key workers in the local community

“The visor frames are created using a three-piece component design for the headband using 2D design Software and cutting with precision on the laser cutter, allowing us to make a fully adjustable and robust headband for much-needed PPE equipment,” explained Stuart.

“The polypropylene used for the headbands is repurposed from A3 coursework folders, with each recycled folder being used to produce up to six visors. We then simply hole punch a clear sheet of plastic and attach to the headband section. Unfortunately, we will soon run out of the Polypropylene sheet material, therefore we are looking for donations ASAP and if anyone is in a position to support us, please contact Stuart on schatterton@leasowes.dudley.sch.uk or via Facebook.”

According to the school, the PPE production and donation has all been made possible by teaming up with Design & Technology departments up and down the country, combining their design and manufacturing expertise and machinery.

“Due to the shortage of PPE nationwide for NHS staff and key workers, we feel fortunate we have the material, manufacturing facilities and skilled staff with a passion to support our local community and as a team, we will do all we can to manufacture as many as possible,” continued Stuart.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support of the parents, workers and general public at this difficult time.”

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Recently, Dolphin Lifts Midlands promised to continue operating in order to ensure those in need can remain safe and independent in their own homes during the pandemic lockdown measures, however, now warns PPE is beginning to run low.

“We are incredibly grateful to Stuart and his colleagues for this incredibly generous donation,” commented Lee Farrington, Managing Director of Dolphin Lifts Midlands.

“During these extremely challenging times, we take the safety of our customers and staff very seriously and have been having trouble sourcing additional PPE equipment so this donation is fantastic.

“I think I speak for many people when I say the work being done by so many people across the UK without any recognition is truly inspiring.  On behalf of not just the staff here at Dolphin Lifts Midlands but also all our customers, I would like to say a huge thank you as without the equipment we would be unable to keep helping the people of the West Midlands live independently within their homes.  So, if you can help Stuart with any donations please do not hesitate to contact him.

Lee added: “We are also starting to run low on gloves and hand sanitiser and having trouble sourcing new supplies so if any local organisations could help us that would be greatly appreciated.”

Anyone that is able to assist the company source more PPE is urged to contact Lee on l.farrington@dolphinmidlands.co.uk or call 0800 032 2080

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