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Closed 08/05/2020

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£8,608
raised of £8,000 target by 200 supporters

    Weʼve raised £8,608 to provide protective visors to NHS staff and care workers.

    Funded on Friday, 8th May 2020

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    Please help us get vital PPE to those who need it!

    Two weeks ago a friend of mine arrived for her shift at work. She is a locum doctor, taking on extra shifts to help out as much as she can during the Coronavirus crisis. When she arrived the only PPE available to her was a pair of plastic gloves. She is a friend, a wife, mother to two girls, a daughter and a sister, and she was helping patients with Covid 19 without the correct equipment.

    Several companies and numerous enthusiasts have started using 3D printers to help make visors. Although this is a great initiative, 3D printing is a fairly slow process more suited to prototyping than serial production. We have developed an alternative way of making visors using water-jet and laser cutting: 3 minutes to cut each headband instead of 2 hours or so to print. Having started work on this exactly 1 week ago, the design work is complete, the supply chain is set up, prototypes have been made and tested and we are ready to start production. We've also made the contacts needed to get our visors into the system.

    We know there are people working both locally and nationally in health and social care settings who are still in desperate need of visors. We believe that if people are willing to put themselves at risk the least they deserve is the right equipment to keep them safe. Although we are contributing our own time without charge, the parts and materials required for each visor cost us £8. Initially we are hoping to raise £8000 to produce 1000 visors over the next two weeks. I'll also be uploading the design in full to my company website so it's freely available across the world.

    Instead of giving a clap for carers we ask you to give cash to carers. – the money you might have spent buying a coffee on the way to work, or parking the car or buying an Easter egg. Let’s give our carers the equipment they deserve.

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    • Matthew Dawson6 months ago
      Matthew Dawson

      Matthew Dawson

      6 months ago

      Crikey, that was a busy week! After many hours spent finishing, checking and baking parts, we've completed 380 visors and delivered the first 170. Many thanks are due to James and Tildi Cowling who lent a hand or four during the week! Also to Paul Wray who kindly delivered our first shipment of 120 visors to care homes & surgeries in and around Cheltenham. We're particularly pleased to have been able to help out some nurses on the Covid ward at the Gloucester Royal Infirmary as well as our local surgery and care home here in Fairford.

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    • Matthew Dawson6 months ago
      Matthew Dawson

      Matthew Dawson

      6 months ago

      Today I collected the first batch of headbands, cut by waterjet. Keeping a safe 'social' distance, I was permitted to watch and film the cutting process. Incredible that each part can be cut from 10mm thick plastic in a little over a minute. The result? 350 headbands cut in no time at all and a busy weekend ahead finishing parts and tying on elastic! Huge thanks today to Andy Jones from Herbert Phillips & Sons, Toddington for amazing service and very keen pricing! And thanks again to everyone whose donations have made this possible

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    • Matthew Dawson7 months ago
      Matthew Dawson

      Matthew Dawson

      7 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Wow, thanks to the incredible generosity of over 180 supporters we've now reached our funding target of £8000. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks but we'll keep posting updates so everyone can see how we're getting on. Huge big thanks to everyone once again! Matt & Katy

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    7 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 4/25/2020 17.58

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    200

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 25, 2020

      Good work Matthew & all those involved well done.

      £100.00

    • Karen Broyd

      Karen Broyd

      Apr 21, 2020

      Wishing you every success.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 21, 2020

      Worthy cause. Great kit! Well done!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 21, 2020

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 17, 2020

      A brilliant idea.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 15, 2020

      Well done Matthew

    • JJ

      JJ

      Apr 15, 2020

      Great job.

      £40.00

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