Laura Hayes at Ealing Hospital with one of the visors
Our very own James Holmes-Siedle, with help from Amber In der Rieden, teamed up with local west London schools to make much needed visors for NHS workers. They have so far helped to deliver over 750 visors to NHS keyworkers.
James was contacted by Laura Hayes, who is a relative of Sue Pictor, working on the front line at Ealing Hospital. James, who runs an architects practice in Chiswick named All Clear Designs, knew that he could put his model making skills and facilities to use to help the NHS workers on the front line.
After seeing a massive shortage of face shields, All Clear Design's laser cutter was put to work to make a variant of a visor design developed by Kitronics (a material supplier) and Smoke & Mirrors (suppliers of the laser cutter). Whilst the material for the head strap was still available for delivery, there was a massive shortage of acetate to make up the clear visor.
Amber saw a request from James and started contacting her children's school to raid their store cupboards for the cause. She got in touch with Laura Ellener, the Head Teacher at Chiswick school, Euan Ferguson, the Head Teacher at Isleworth & Syon School and Clare Procter, the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Emanuel School.
From the salvaged materials, there was enough materials to make over a 1000 visors to local hospitals and healthcare professionals with 750 delivered so far. So far the visors have gone to a range of hospitals and medical centres including Charing Cross Hospital, the West Mid, Ealing Hospital, Wellesley Road GPs Practice and the Chiswick Health Centre.All 3 schools also donated their stocks of safety goggles as well (250+ in the case of both Chiswick School and Isleworth & Syon School).