Over the Easter holidays some of our staff and pupils were busy making much-needed PPE equipment for the NHS, including face shields, scrubs and scrub bags.
FACE SHIELDS FROM D&T
Our remarkable Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Larkin, put our facilities to work over the holidays and with the help of her husband and two children have been making face shields. She writes:
"We have now made over 200 shields which have gone to GP surgeries, Meals on Wheels staff and Frimley Park Hospital. It is great to be able to use the School facilities to help in some small way in these difficult times. I have raised money to buy materials through a GoFundME site, people have been very generous so I can keep going at weekends."
SCHOOL OFFICE SCRUBS
Since the Easter weekend, Mrs Keren Butler and daughter Danni (Lower Sixth), have been cutting out and sewing scrubs for the Frimley Trust. It is a nationwide effort with various hubs being set up to coordinate getting much needed scrubs into hospitals, maternity units, GP surgeries and care homes around the country. So far Mrs Butler has made 14 sets, with another 22 sets due to be completed using material purchased with donations received from friends who wanted to help in some way.
Elizabeth (Year 10) has been helping her neighbour and local professional dressmaker Dawn Clarke by making “scrub bags” for the NHS. Dawn's business provided all the fabrics and labour for free along with sewing scrubs themselves. These are personalised laundry bags that doctors and nurses are each being given to enable daily laundering of their scrubs. The drawstring laundry bags are part of a Facebook group initiative called “For the Love of Scrubs”. Elizabeth is pictured below with the first in a series of bags that will be sent to Winchester Royal County Hampshire Hospital and distributed to Basingstoke, Winchester and surrounding hospitals.