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Borough’s schools rally together to support the NHS

PPE supplies

Schools across the borough have joined forces to support the local coronavirus effort by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by front line NHS staff.

Bracknell Forest Council rallied local schools to see if there was any way they were able to help.

The schools, which are only open to vulnerable or key worker children due to the coronavirus pandemic, were able to donate equipment usually used for science or technology work.

Within hours of receiving the request, the council had coordinated the supply of more than 650 pairs of safety goggles, 600 aprons, boxes of masks and more than 2,000 over-shoes from schools across the borough. The supplies were then delivered to Frimley Park Hospital to add to the hospital stocks being used by staff treating patients with coronavirus.

Some schools have also used high-tech 3D printers to create safety visors and are beginning to make up sets of surgical scrubs using their design technology equipment.

Their support doesn’t stop there. Two local boarding schools are supporting the NHS by offering accommodation to front line staff who need to be away from their families. Another school is working with its cook to produce meals and snacks for NHS workers.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, said:

“I’m truly humbled by the fantastic efforts of the borough’s schools to support health workers during this challenging time.

“Despite working hard in unprecedented times and in some cases with a reduced workforce, school staff have really risen to the challenge and rallied together to support our healthcare system. I’d like to thank all Bracknell Forest schools for the enthusiasm and innovation they’ve shown in supporting the NHS – true community spirit!”

Fiona Slevin-Brown, Health Gold Command COVID-19, Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, said:

“At a time of national emergency it is wonderful to see our local communities rallying around for health and care workers on the front line. Across local health and care organisations we have received such immense support and we have been really touched by the warmth and generosity from our community and we would like everyone to know how much it is appreciated.”