Monetise has teamed up with a school in Lincolnshire to help scale up the production and distribution of thousands of protective face masks for the National Health Service’s (NHS) frontline staff, as the UK health service continues to bravely battle the Coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly spread across the country, with the UK now effectively under lockdown since Tuesday 24 March. An unfortunate consequence of the virus’ rapid spread has been the logistical difficulties in producing and distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff in the NHS who are in immediate contact with sufferers of the virus, potentially leaving medical staff dangerously exposed.
However, the Design & Technology department at Stamford Endowed Schools in Lincolnshire have developed a new and efficient way to provide staff with the safety equipment they need to carry out their roles, whilst ensuring they are at a vastly reduced risk of contracting Coronavirus.
Stamford Schools Head Nick Gallop takes to Twitter to walk followers through the production process of PPE equipment for NHS staff.
Monetise Managing Director Dave Bird became aware of the developments over the weekend, and along with fellow directors James Anderson and Darren Kirkley, offered their assistance to the project.
Speaking to Monetise Media, Dave said: “As we all know, many people are struggling at the moment due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis with businesses and livelihoods being lost almost overnight.
On top of that, our amazing NHS continues to struggle to obtain the vital equipment it needs to combat the virus and stay safe doing so. A major issue currently is the shortage of PPE for the NHS workers on the frontline.
On Sunday, I heard via Twitter that Stamford School in Lincolnshire had pioneered a way to quickly manufacture protective face masks and had started distributing them to hospitals due to the massive demand. The problem they faced though was that they didn’t have a budget to be able to scale this and buy the materials to have them manufactured.”
Upon reading the tweet, the directors at Monetise unanimously agreed that they would help accelerate the innovative scheme, and have now made a donation that covers the end-to-end distribution of 2000 face masks. These are set to make their way to hospitals around the country, and we are hoping that some of the masks will also be available to doctors, nurses and care staff in hospitals in our home city of Derby.
The donation has helped exponentially increase the rate of masks being produced, with Stamford School now making upwards of 1000 masks per day, which will undoubtedly save lives of doctors, nurses and other vital support staff in the NHS in the weeks and months to come.
If you would like to find out more about the incredible work being done by Stamford Endowed Schools to help battle the pandemic, head to their website, or subscribe to their regular updates via Twitter.