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The Thetford Academy creates more than 1,500 PPE items in one month




A school has been creating PPE to help protect key workers battling Covid-19 on the front line.

The Thetford Academy has created more than 1,500 pieces of PPE(Personal Protective Equipment) in just one month, having initally set a target of 1,000.

Ricardo Arbelaez, head of design technology at The Thetford Academy, said: “We heard about the shortage of PPE and the implications for vulnerable people in care homes and their staff. We thought we could use our technology to help. We’re proud, as key workers ourselves, that we can help to support others in our community.”

Thetford academy has been working to help protect those on the front line (37473627)
Thetford academy has been working to help protect those on the front line (37473627)

The school has provided equipment to 11 care homes, The Bishop’s Church of England Primary Academy and its own staff. It produced the equipment with 3D printers and laser cutters, creating proto shields, face masks and aprons.

Laura Cannon, branch manager of Manorcourt Homecare, said: “They are fantastic, the best quality I have seen so far.”

Dan Carter, The Thetford Academy Principal, said he was incredibly proud of the technology department and the volunteers.


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