by Jill Dando News team
Students and staff have been thanked by NHS nurses after their efforts to make face masks to help battle Covid-19 topped 1,100.
The students aged 11 to 14 and staff across The Priory Learning Trust schools (TPLT) in Somerset have made them at Priory Community School Academy (PCSA) for local doctors, Weston General Hospital, Musgrove Hospital in Taunton, and the Children’s Hospice South West.
In an amazing community partnership and show of support for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, PCSA, Worle Community School Academy (WCSA) and The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA) have all been helping out.
Michelle Michael of the Grand Pier has been providing materials as the partnership expands.
Lorna Blair, an NHS nurse in the COVID-19 sector said: “It has been amazing to see the support from The Priory Learning Trust and Priory Community School Academy.
“Your efforts have made a massive difference in our everyday fight against the virus.”
A spokesperson for Weston General Hospital said via Facebook: “Everyone at Weston Hospital Main Theatres would like to say a huge THANK YOU to PCSA for the essential face shields they have made and donated. They are brilliant.”
PCSA Principal Angelos Markoutsas and Head of DT David Clay started the process and with the help of students and the Grand Pier they have been able to satisfy some of the expanding demand.
Angelos said: “It is a monumental pleasure to be able to help out in any way we can. It was a humbling experience to be able to deliver 200 masks to the Children’s hospice South West for staff in Devon, Bristol and North Somerset.”
Neville Coles Executive Principal of TPLT said: ”It is clear that there has been a massive demand for face masks and in the face of a world crisis, our students, staff and community have rallied to help in any way we can.”
Michelle said: “It has been an absolute must for us to assist with this project and to show that even though our teams have been furloughed and our business closed, all of us have in our minds the desire to help in any way we can.
“Many of our staff members are volunteering whilst furloughed and we are immensely proud that they have.”
Goggles have also been delivered from all the schools to help hospitals in Weston-super-Mare and Taunton.