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raised of £28,000 target by 853 supporters

    Weʼve raised £27,325 to make protective face shields for workers at risk in the NHS, emergency services, care homes, GP surgeries and more.

    Greenwich, London
    Funded on Thursday, 6th August 2020

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    Our incredible NHS, emergency services and other key workers are stretched to breaking point, and are understandably struggling to get PPE (Person Protective Equipment) to those who need it. We want to help that effort by making and delivering protective face shields to workers as fast as possible.

    We have the set of skills and machinery in our professional workshop to produce the protective face shields which are in such short supply to our NHS frontline and other key workers. With no work on at the moment due to lockdown, we will switch to production of these face shields and then donate them to those risking their lives to care for others. We need your help to keep the light on, the machines running and to buy the raw materials…

    Progress so far:

    😷 12000 x protective face shields made already

    🚑 11000 x face shields delivered to NHS trusts for doctors & nurses, care homes and pharmacists

    🏆 18000 x face shields goal

    👩‍⚕‍ 30 x volunteer designers and makers working a staggered assembly rota

    🏭 1 x production assembly line in Greenwich, London

    💰 We need you to donate so we can buy more raw materials…

    Why is this important now?

    Due to a well-documented global shortage of PPE, NHS staff are going to work without the correct protective equipment.

    The money raised will be spent on the materials needed to produce each mask. It costs roughly £1.50 to produce each mask and our first run was 5000. We have exceeded our initial target and are raising more money to meet demand.

    Who are we?

    We are a group of friends and self-employed designers, makers, carpenters, metal workers and artists; together we run Create 180, making props, sets and costume for TV, theatre and much more. Our industry has now completely shut down and we have an empty workshop that we just want to use to help those in need. We all have friends and family working in the NHS and other services who we fear for. Every day, they are risking their lives to keep us all safe. While we can’t be there to help, we can at least use our skills and our workshop to try and keep them safe in return.

    How can you help?

    1) DONATE to help us buy the materials needed to produce these masks

    2) SHARE widely on social media

    3) Let us know if you know of any other frontline workers in need of protective face shields


    💙 💙 💙

    PPE is being bought in large quantities by the NHS, but the task of identifying those in need and ensuring they are helped is a huge and difficult undertaking. While the NHS is doing everything it can, the PPE isn’t getting through. Today, I was sent a photo of a dear friend’s mum, a nurse, who is having to wear a paintball mask to work. This shouldn’t be happening and we need your help to try and keep people safe.

    It’s not just NHS hospital staff who are at risk: people working in GP surgeries, care homes, pharmacies, prisons, in social care, occupational therapy, and all emergency services are among the many who are in danger of contracting the virus. If you have any suggestions for any essential workers who have been overlooked and are at risk, please get in touch. A huge part of this effort is identifying the people that need these masks, and getting them delivered to them - please get in touch and let us know if you are one of these people.

    This mask is NOT medically approved and should be worn in-conjunction with a Class 1, medically approved mask. However it does follow government guidelines to be fog resistant, optically clear and size adjustable.



    • Hal Gillilan9 months ago
      Hal Gillilan

      Hal Gillilan

      9 months ago

      This photo was taken on April 17 - our very first day of production! We made 180 shields that day - which seemed like a lot at the time. In the past 35 days a lot has changed - we have now made and delivered over 11,000 shields and on our busiest days can crank out over 600 shields a day... Thanks to everyone who has donated so far - every little helps. With the recent donations we have managed to fulfill a big order to Lewisham and Greenwich Hospital which will be delivered to them today by one of our volunteer drivers! Stay safe x

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    • Hal Gillilan9 months ago
      Hal Gillilan

      Hal Gillilan

      9 months ago

      A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We had a funding push recently to get us to £25k to get us enough money to cover the orders that we received so far. At the same time, we received an influx of requests so after discussing internally, we're going to push for more funds so we can keep supplying key workers as the need is there. So, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated so far and if we can keep raising money, we will keep making face shields and we will keep supplying our hero key workers with much needed PPE.

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    • Hal Gillilan10 months ago
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      Hal Gillilan

      10 months ago

      With a production line comes certain challenges in insuring that our face shields are shipped safely - Our all round genius and Workshop Manager Jon worked out a system using UVC lights to kill any bacteria that might potentially be on the face shields. Our face shields are hung up and left in our secure UCV room for 1 hour & from there, a specialised team in plastic boot covers, paper suits, latex gloves, double masks & a face shield drop them into ziplock bags where they remain sealed until opened by frontline workers. Stay safe. x

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    • Sheila Parker

      Sheila Parker

      Jun 11, 2020

      Thank you from all our staff and vulnerable service users .


    • Anonymous


      Jun 8, 2020

      For N and the NHS staff who cared for her husband

    • Anonymous


      Jun 8, 2020


    • Lindsay C

      Lindsay C

      Jun 4, 2020



    • Tessa O'Hara

      Tessa O'Hara

      Jun 4, 2020


    • Andrew & Camilla Ritchie

      Andrew & Camilla Ritchie

      Jun 2, 2020

      Great work


    • Mary Jane

      Mary Jane

      Jun 2, 2020

      Amazing project - what incredible work to get it up and running so quickly and so well. I'm in awe.


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