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Innovative community volunteers get visors into the hands of heroic healthcare workers

Innovative community volunteers get visors into the hands of heroic healthcare workers

A community of volunteers who are producing effective, low-cost visors for healthcare workers and hospitals across the North West of England have contributed an impressive 4,000 visors for NHS health and care workers to NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCGs.

The 4,000 visors have been generously donated by the hard working community of volunteers based at DoES Liverpool, following the CCG’s appeal to businesses to donate unwanted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The volunteers, are based out of DoES Liverpool (a CIC focussed on supporting the local maker community) but for this project they have pulled together makers from across the North West to join forces to manufacture visors which are wholeheartedly being donated and shared across frontline NHS health and care staff. All visors so far have been distributed completely free of charge.

DoES Liverpool is an independent “maker” space, co-working space, education space and events space founded in 2011. Friendly and open to all, DoES attracts professionals, hobbyists, students and young people with weekly public events, hot-desking, permanent desks and workshop access. DoES Liverpool is also a self-funded community interest company, with all profits invested back into the community and making the space more epic.

The CCG’s are hopeful that this donation will encourage other businesses to follow in their footsteps and donate more unused or unwanted PPE where possible.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialised clothing or equipment worn by employees for protection against health and safety hazards. PPE such as surgical gloves, protective aprons and surgical masks and visors are now needed more than ever by health workers and first responders needing to protect themselves and patients during this Covid-19 pandemic.

These visors are being mass produced using the cutting edge technology of 3D printers and on-site laser cutters. NHS doctors have contributed to the design of the visors and this design can be produced in just two minutes per visor by well trained professional member of staff. Once printed, the face visor shields are given to the key workers free of charge.

The group at DoES has launched a GoFundMe campaign to kick start the project. Within the first 36 hours, it had raised £10,000 from generous local people and businesses. If you would like to make a donation to raise money for materials, or learn more about the project please follow the below link: visors.doesliverpool.com

Alex Walker, Director of Performance and Delivery said:

We are incredibly grateful to this group of incredibly talented and community spirited people for generously donating their time and resources in the provision of these visors. They need all the support they can get to help the NHS and other key workers in the front line of health and care. These are challenging times and the NHS, health and care staff across Pennine Lancashire need an inordinate amount of PPE so any other donations are welcome and well received. Thank you to those businesses and organisations like the makers at DoES Liverpool for their generosity and support”

Pennine Lancashire businesses who are able to help us in any way — or know of any organisations who can ‑please drop us an email at: pennine.quality@nhs.net or call 01282 644623.