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    Weʼve raised £9,963 to Manufacture Visors for Victory for those working as Key workers in the North East

    Funded on Tuesday, 4th August 2020

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    UTC South Durham staff and students are working together to create much needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) visors for NHS trusts, district nursing teams, GP surgeries, and care homes throughout the North East region. The initiative, known as Visors for Victory, has already produced 500 visors and is currently sourcing more material to continue production.

    The UTC team, led by Vice Principal Jamie Smith, are making use of the engineering facilities on site and creating protective visors using laser cutters. UTC staff have volunteered to help with production, delivery and purchasing materials. Speaking about making the visors, Jamie Smith said: 'After hearing about the lack of availability of PPE for our health workers and collaborating on designs with other UTCs across the country, we decided to support healthcare providers by making visors. The NHS and other front line workers are helping so many people during this incredibly difficult time, and we wanted to give something back to try and keep our healthcare heroes safe.'

    ‘The crisis has also shown how much we need people with STEM skills, particularly healthcare workers, engineers and technologists – those the UTC is designed to support. It’s been a privilege to use my engineering and design skills to develop these visors, and to make and distribute them with the committed team at UTC.’

    Over the coming weeks, small teams will be working to produce the visors whilst following social distancing guidelines. UTC South Durham has also donated marks, gloves and goggles to the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. UTC students are also getting involved in the initiative, with Sixth Form student Connor Lowrie donating 20 visors he had made using his 3D printer at home.

    Based in Newton Aycliffe, UTC South Durham is a STEM focused school for 14-19 year olds, specialising in engineering and advanced manufacturing. The UTC is one of 20 schools within the UTC (University Technical Colleges) network which are supporting the NHS by making masks and other protective equipment using 3D printers. Visors for Victory



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      • Mark Arrowsmith

        Mark Arrowsmith

        Jun 6, 2020

        Thanks Julie for sorting the visors much appreciated


      • Clare Fenwick

        Clare Fenwick

        Jun 5, 2020

        fantastic service - we really appreciate it!


      • Anonymous


        May 28, 2020

        Well done UTC South Durham the visors you made for us are great Thanks for your Time and effort The directors of Taylor’s Pies Darlington


      • Sharron Laybourne

        Sharron Laybourne

        May 28, 2020

        Great work 👍🏻


      • Martin W

        Martin W

        May 28, 2020


      • Gail Wilkinson

        Gail Wilkinson

        May 28, 2020

        Thank you to everyone at UTC South Durham, the staff, children & parents at Eastbourne Pre-School appreciate all the work that you are doing to help keep everyone safe


      • Sew Fabrics Darlington

        Sew Fabrics Darlington

        May 18, 2020

        Thank you Sew Fabrics Darlington Covered Market x


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