King Alfred’s D&T Department makes PPE Face Shields for St Katharine’s House Care Home

Paul Thompson, Head of D&T at King Alfred’s Academy, has been busy over the last fortnight putting the academy’s two 3D printers to good use.

He transformed his spare room at home into a makeshift workshop and produced 25 face shields for local care home St Katharine’s House.

Paul said “At the rate of 2 hours per print, it was a fairly noisy – and warm – few days in our house, but it was great to be able to hand over the face shields to the brilliant staff and carers at St Katharine’s – one for each member of staff.”

After local company MacDermid Enthone kindly donated additional materials, Paul will now be able to go on to make hundreds more face shields for other local care organisations in the area using King Alfred’s D&T Department’s laser cutting equipment.

He continued “One of the things that makes me proud to be a member of staff at King Alfred’s is the academy’s programme of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. I’ve enjoyed my own ‘extra-curricular activities’ over the Easter break making these, and it’s been lovely to further strengthen our community link with St Katharine’s, where our students were already involved as volunteers prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. “

Seung Ping Riggs, Manager for St Katharine’s House Residential Care Home, commented: “The visors are excellent, helping to protect staff and the residents. We are wearing them every day. King Alfred’s has been so supportive to us and we are very grateful. It’s great how the community has come together for us. Thank you again for making them on behalf of everyone at St Katharine’s.”

Paul summed up: “We are extremely grateful to MacDermid Enthone for stepping up so quickly to supply the additional materials needed to make more face shields – and we thank them very much indeed”.

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