Community Support During COVID-19
Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy staff and students have been busy over the last two weeks making PPE for NHS, Care Home Staff and front line workers in the Littleport Community and beyond.
We’ve hand crafted over 300 visors in one week and have delivered these to St George’s Medical Centre, Littleport Grange Care Home, Laburnum Lodge, Beech Court and Alderton House and the East of England Ambulance HQ in Newmarket. Staff have said how much they appreciated the kind gesture and we will continue to create more for the community each week.
The visor masks are simple to make and require patience as some students have pointed out. They are created by using laser OHP acetate sheets, a foam band made from draught excluder foam and tied together with elastic band behind the head. We’ve taken A3 size plastic sheets and cut into A4 using a guillotine and cut smooth edges with scissors on the bottom half. We had two staff members sew on the 30cm elastic bands to the side of the visor shield, then a number of students cutting a 30cm foam strip and sticking these on to the visor. With a delay in the delivery of our elastic band order, Littleport based shop, Sew Much To Do stepped in and have donated elastic bands for our first day of mask creations.
In addition to the visors, Mrs Cameron has taken to the sewing machines and is teaching students how to sew face masks. Even though NHS staff are not able to wear these, care home workers, shop keepers, bankers and many other members of the public have asked for them to be made to help keep them safe.
Not only that, but some donations of old duvet covers have also meant that scrubs and scrub bags can also be made using the sewing machines in school.
The face masks have been dropped off to staff at the Co-op in Isleham and NatWest Newmarket branch.
It is amazing to see the students working as a team to support our local community, some of whom are parents/carers of our students!
Press release from Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy