Wycombe Abbey Staff Work Together to Produce Visors for Marie Curie
Wycombe Abbey was alerted to the need for protective face masks and visors for Marie Curie after a parent read an article in our e-bulletin about Wycombe Abbey’s production of visors for local hospitals. Wycombe Abbey contacted Marie Curie Headquarters and over 150 visors were produced by a team of Wycombe Abbey staff, former staff and volunteers, and delivered for use by Marie Curie workers.
Article Leads to Interest from Marie Curie
Mrs Weir, a Trustee of Marie Curie, contacted School after reading about a staff team, led by Director of Science and STEM, Mrs Sue Buxton, who had designed and manufactured much-needed PPE for NHS workers during the lockdown.
“I read with interest in the latest newsletter that the science team at Wycombe Abbey have had a design for protective equipment approved and will now be producing these for healthcare workers,” Mrs Weir wrote, “At Marie Curie, we are in desperate need of visors such as these for our wonderful nurses who are continuing to care for end of life patients in the community (including those with Covid-19).”
Within a week, School was in touch with Marie Curie’s Director of Strategy and Impact who coordinates PPE for Marie Curie staff, and we were able to send 45 prototype visors for testing. While the masks did not meet the safety requirements to be used by Marie Curie clinical staff, they are being used to protect non-clinical staff. The school has sent an additional batch of 80 visors, with more in production.
An Expression of Thanks from Marie Curie
A representative from Marie Curie wrote:
“Thank you very much for the kind donation of face visors that you have sent to us and we would be very grateful if you are able to supply us with some more, please. The visors will enable us to protect our non-clinical staff. In particular, they will support and protect our retail teams, when we are able to re-open our shops… so we can re-establish our vital Fundraising income… Many thanks for thinking of Marie Curie and for being so generous.”
The school is delighted to have been able to provide Marie Curie with PPE equipment, in addition to supplying over 200 masks to Wycombe General Hospital. The production of PPE equipment continues at Wycombe Abbey, and we hope to distribute more in the coming weeks to assist much-needed frontline work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many thanks to Stephen Quigley, our Head Porter, for delivering the the visors to Marie Curie Head Office.