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Martin Paling

Martin Paling is crowdfunding

raised of £2,500 target by 91 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,500 to 3d Print PPE for the NHS

Sutton Bonington

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We're fundraising to increase our production of Ear Protectors & Face Visors for the NHS. We've already got four machines hard at work printing this vital PPE, could you help us purchase more?

With a serious shortage of PPE in the NHS and our business closed due to COVID19 we've turned the machines that usually work in our model making workshop to producing these essential pieces of protection. However 3D printing is not a fast process and we need to increase the amount we can produce in a week. we also need essential cleaning products, the plastic for the machines as well as packaging materials.

Please consider giving any amount to help us reach our goal

Stretch Goals:

Each extra printer we purchase has the potential to increase our production. We're now making extra space for printers by moving equipment out of our Tearoom's Kitchen and the Gift Shop. At the end of the crisis we'll donate them to a local school, college or club.

What are we doing?

We're printing Ear Protectors and the frames for Face Visors.

Who are we working with?

We're liaising directly with the Procurement Teams at Nottingham University Hopsitals and Leicestershire Partnership Trust Hospitals.

What will you do with the printers after the crisis?

We'll donate them to a local school, college or club.

What do we usually use our printers for?

Our printers are based at the Soar Valley Garden Railway (Which is also our family home) where they are used to make parts for our trains and model villages. The railway teaches children (2yrs and up) to drive model trains.

In the past our printers have printed miniature street lights, railway signals, station signs, billboards, fences, furniture, spare parts, a working snow plow and even a diesel locomotive!

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  • Martin Paling2 months ago
    Martin Paling

    Martin Paling

    2 months ago

    10,205 Ear Protectors delivered to the NHS! It seems like only yesterday we asked for you to join us in helping supply PPE to the NHS. Last week we broke the 10,000 mark and it simply would not have been possible without you! We've also delivered a few hundred Ear Protectors to Hospices and Care Homes so we're not sure what the true total number is. Thank-you for your help, it's been amazing. A huge thanks also to Translink Express for taking up the strain and delivering for us!

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  • Martin Paling3 months ago
    Martin Paling

    Martin Paling

    3 months ago

    A batch of 600 face mask grips off to Leicestershire Partnership Hospitals this week. We’re thinking of our friends and colleagues in the NHS working in Leicester while the city experiences a spike. Thankyou for all of your help in making this possible!

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  • Martin Paling3 months ago
    Martin Paling

    Martin Paling

    3 months ago

    We're still printing - despite a setback or two! Thanks to your help to date we've made 8,770 face mask grips and 150 Face Shields! However due to illness (non covid related) production has slowed down a little. We're currently committed to continuing production into August. However due to the closure of our business we have no firm details of how and if we'll continue in September.

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6 months ago

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Page last updated on: 7/29/2020 13.13



  • Anonymous


    Jul 29, 2020


  • Paul Tennant

    Paul Tennant

    Jul 3, 2020

    Contribution to your table-top sale, thanks!


  • 92 Main Street

    92 Main Street

    Jul 1, 2020

    Thank you for setting up the initiative! Brilliant idea .


  • Martin


    Jun 25, 2020

    We picked up a couple of things and dropped off some more bits and bobs for you!


  • Martin Fluffy-Mart

    Martin Fluffy-Mart

    Jun 7, 2020

    Proceeds from our table-top sale in the front garden the other weekend. Many thanks for your work on this!


  • Catherine hilder

    Catherine hilder

    May 31, 2020


  • Naomi L

    Naomi L

    May 31, 2020

    Thankyou Martin and family for the lovely toys including the kitchen.

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Martin Paling

Martin Paling

Sutton Bonington

Model Maker and Owner of the Soar Valley Garden Railway (Children's Garden Railway)

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