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£32,356
raised of £29,000 target by 764 supporters

    Weʼve raised £32,356 to fund Face Shields VISORS NHS for March/April 2020 - Health Workers/ Community Health - no further funds required at present 💚

    Twickenham, Middlesex
    Funded on Monday, 27th July 2020

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    ** Please Scroll down for Their Story ** 12,000 visors created & donated £free in April - we are currently in the process of obtaining HSE approval for our updated Visor so we can continue donating (a further 4,000 visors being made but on hold)

    Matthew, Faye, Data Reprographics together with our TV & Film Art Depts. & local community of Twickenham have now created and donated £free, for the month of April, 12,000 visors to help protect our NHS workers and our care workers in community”. thanks to all our supporters - see our STATS table below - Marie X (please scroll down to read their story)

    Funds raised - WOW - A BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters , amazing, WOW. Was trying to raise £550 for making Visors from the dining room table! 💙2 May

    fundraising target currently “£22,000” is our estimated Project Costs, this is a moving target as we have rolled out production week by week. We are now in the process of making 4,000 visors, our new version which is "water proof" & easily cleaned & reusable - these are the new design Matthew has been working closely with Machine Shop to create. We are delighted to have on board in this project our new supplier CP Cases, who are supplying component parts, helping to make this happen. CP Cases are a local company in Isleworth. I will share more information shortly on this process from Matthew & Faye. MG 2/5

    The project plan is to work "in batches" and see where we go with funds available and visor donations needed. The fundraising target represents are "forecast" project costs (up to 16,000 visors at the moment) and any balance over this is to be donated to NHS workers official charity". We are literally rolling this project from week to week. There will be social enterprise accounts for this project.

    Matthew & Faye would like to say a big thank you to @datareprographics and @statementchairs, who helped get this project going and supplying materials from their own studios. Velta Courier who have been our Knights of the road delivering into London hospitals. Also a big thank you to all those who have donated money, materials, packaging, encouragement, deliveries drop off and pick up of visor packs to volunteers and hospitals, and companies who pushed aside red tape to support us. To our neighbours in Twickenham who joined the community of visor making, and all those in the TV and film art departments who responded to the email “calling all creatives” and came with their glue guns ready. Hence our project name @visorartdept.

    THEIR STORY - updated mid April

    I set this page up to help fund my inlaws Matthew & Faye who started making visors from their dining room table approx 3 weeks ago. With help from Faye’s work colleagues they have been self financing the making of visors and donating them for free to NHS hospitals. We all know somebody in our community, our families and friends who are health workers, our own family member is an ICU nurse in a major London hospital.

    They needed money to buy materials for the project (acetate, foamex, foam, Velcro, glue guns etc..) We were looking for companies who could supply/donate materials for the project. The vision was to scale up visor production and courier into the frontline ICU Covid wards immediately, and this has been achieved. In a few short weeks 9,000 visors will have been produced by our community team by the end of the Easter Weekend. 6,000 visors created and delivered within two weeks.

    With the support of Just Giving we’ve been able to bulk buy (plus some donations) all our materials for this project. The @datareprographics team made up “Visor Assembly Pack Kits “ (50 per pack) which were then collected by our volunteers to assemble from home or their own studios. Each pack comes with a set of instructions. Social distancing and lockdown rules were followed at all times. The welfare of everyone paramount. All the while Matthew & Faye have been working tirelessly from their dining room table.

    Visors were returned, packaged and boxed up for delivery into NHS frontline. Some of our visors were assembled in the morning and being worn on frontline ICU Covid in the evening. The beauty of our small project has been our ability to deliver small quantities quickly. And that’s what inspired this project and its “urgency” understood by all of us involved. Please see update section for some photos and comments from hospitals.

    Our visor is made of acetate, foam, foamalite and Velcro. Acetate 300 micron has been used so far in our 9,000 production. Our visor is A3 cut size so covers around the face very well. Reports are they are very comfortable to wear. Foam is a form of plastic and is oil based, therefore the visor can be cleaned and reused more than once.

    This is small scale project but has been making a difference in a big way right now. Please know every Visor we make is needed yesterday! We know that Hospitals are making up their PPE in many different ways from help from the public. Remember a single pair of googles donated protects a health worker, patients plus many more. No time to lose lets just make them now and donate. In situations like these, its all about fast mobilization of resources as “normal supply chains” struggle to deliver. This is where community projects & donations can help in the short term.

    We are not a replacement for any PPE that organisations can obtain from NHS. We are not official PPE. We are merely responding to the call from the NHS to help with donations. Our work is the equivalent of ”melting down iron gates to make shot” In a war! We are helping where we can, donating to hospitals and sending our supplies quickly. The reality in a pandemic is that the country needs the community to help in many ways. The NHS have approved 3D Visors and they are arriving in bulk on the frontline now. But shortfalls are likely to continue, so please help us continue and support our NHS and health workers as long as we are needed.

    All monies raised will go towards material costs and delivery, overhead costs are kept to a minimum as we are all volunteers “VisorArtDept Team”. Any funds left will be donated to a charity for our health workers (yet to decide!). We are yet to access any funds from Just Giving, £7,300 of our own money has been spent so far. This project is low key as our focus is delivery, but we need a bit of coverage to raise funds.

    We hope too that that you may be inspired by what our community has created together. Maybe you can do the same in your area or you are already doing? The goodwill and trust of community is central to this Project. C-19 might be creating physical social distance but... it is also bringing us all together.

    Marie Gallagher 🌈 Twickenham Resident (updated 11 Apr)

    Useful Links & further information

    Follow us on instagram. click here visorartdept story in compilation

    Watch video. click here Matthew Jones Making a Visor Demo

    Matthew Jones Visor Spec. Click here (to be uploaded shortly)

    James O,Brian Unsung Heroes thanks Marcus High Wycombe@ 8 mins

    Paul Morphy v Duke Karl 1858 chessgames.com ... if you travel the road complacent when trouble presents then there can only be panic. Between those two places there is “Preparedness”. When we think deeply we can create strategy, short term plans and intuitive actions that bring preparedness. Thinking deeply includes our heart intelligence, intuition. This chess game shows the beauty of a clear mind and using all your resources brilliantly.

    VisorArtDept Team contributors

    (please email me if your not on this list and should be here! if you are part of the creative team please email magall@btopenworld.com so I can add your details. Marie X)

    Data Reprographics

    Statement Chairs

    Machineshopsfx

    CP Cases Limited

    donations/supplies - thank you :-

    Velta Couriers

    VelcroBrand

    CMS - Thetford

    E & A Wates Limited

    Access Isleworth branch

    Lok n Store Sunbury

    Big Yellow

    @notlamb Instagram Consultant

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    • Marie Gallagher2 months ago
      Marie Gallagher

      Marie Gallagher

      2 months ago

      I hate complaining as much prefer turn such energy into useful action. But I do need to speak out here. We have been so grateful for your financial support on this project. Just giving allows funds requests which are then received 6-10 days later. I requested a large sum from Just Giving 21st April, and I am still waiting today 42 days later! You can’t do online chat, telephone contact never answers, and weeks waiting for any response. Finally an email “due to the success of Captain Tom their system has large volume of traffic.”

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    • Marie Gallagher2 months ago
      Marie Gallagher

      Marie Gallagher

      2 months ago
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    • Marie Gallagher2 months ago
      Marie Gallagher

      Marie Gallagher

      2 months ago

      Dear Community, just an update. As you know the situation in London has improved. The government have now issued guidelines for all project like ourselves to adhere to. I am really pleased to see this development as thought this would happen much sooner. We are still receiving requests for Visors but unable to donate until we have HSE approval. Our visor will be put through HSE tests to meet the standards for PPE. We will keep you posted on outcomes. It will mean if and when a 2nd wave occurs we will be in a position to help our community.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 21, 2020

      Thank you

    • Sarah Pasquali

      Sarah Pasquali

      May 14, 2020

      £10 of this is from Charlie and Megan: I am now the proud owner of one of their beautiful NHS posters. Thank you for your tireless work.

      £40.00

    • azer brown

      azer brown

      May 13, 2020

      Megan and Charlie’s beautiful artwork well done guys x

      £10.00

    • Nicola Flaxman

      Nicola Flaxman

      May 11, 2020

      Amazing contribution to the NHS, well done. X

      £40.00

    • Zeph king

      Zeph king

      May 11, 2020

    • kathy heaser

      kathy heaser

      May 11, 2020

      Hi Marie,This is money raised by Charlie and Miles (aged 9) by selling posters and comic books, drawn by them. k

      £30.00

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      Anonymous

      May 11, 2020

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    Marie Gallagher

    Marie Gallagher

    Twickenham, Middlesex

    I live in Twickenham, I’m a local chess teacher in school. I love my cats and the allotment and family, friends and everyone really ! be positive and happy every day 💚💜

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