As part of the wider community, John O’ Gaunt, in conjunction with St John’s School in Marlborough, have been working hard behind the scenes to do their part in helping provide PPE equipment for the NHS, carers and other health facilities. Our Head of Technology, Gary England, along with some others, have been beavering away making reusable visors with a 3D printer for the NHS.
Areas we have been helping are carers and nurses who travel across the region to Lambourn, Froxfield, GWH and Wroughton, NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, Eastfield House Surgery, Newbury to mention but a few, supplying both Wiltshire and West Berkshire in equal measure.
We have been very fortunate to receive funding from Hungerford Rotary Club to pay for the 3D printer (at the spec required by the NHS), and remain indebted to the Rotary Club and its members along with Greenham Trust which enabled this to happen.
How to Donate
Last week the JOG PSA (Parent Staff Association) launched an appeal to help pay for ongoing materials required for this new and unprecedented venture. With the financial support received from parents and our fund to date is now at £2075 – which has covered the cost of the 3D printer and some materials.
We will need more funds to buy more materials going forward so any donations are gratefully received. Please make a bank transfer to the JOG PSA bank accoun with the reference JOGPSA Covid19 :
Name: John O’ Gaunt School PSA Sort Code: 30-94-46 Account Number: 00249396
In the same vein in our technology department, staff, parents and students have been providing scrubs bags for the NHS, and currently have made just under 100 bags, some over printed with messages for the NHS.
We are thankful that no more are now needed at this time, so we are switching our efforts to begin to make washable face masks.
Support for Students Home Schooling
As well as the fantastic PPE effort, we have also received an email from The Arts Society, Hungerford asking if we needed help to support some students studying Art who are working from home at this time.
We were delighted to be able to purchase with the funding 50 Art ‘goodie’ bags containing colouring pencils, a paint set with brush and palette, fine liners, art pencils, rubber and pencil sharpener altogether in a pencil case.
We had a same day response from a student saying ‘I am so excited to receive the set – it will help me with my artwork’ We are extremely grateful to The Arts Society, Hungerford for supporting our students.