PPE volunteer heroes

July 14 2020

SOME amazing work has been going on in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to produce vital personal protective equipment.

In homes across the area, people have been making face shields, scrubs and other vital gear themselves and giving it to those who need it.

Scrub Hub Bristol was set up to make scrubs for NHS and care workers, keeping them supplied during April and May.

Hack the Pandemic was born out of a Facebook group for 3D printer users to help make up the shortfall in PPE for medical and care workers on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.

Founders Ed Clyne and Paul Haines set up a network of printer users to mass-produce around 3,000 pieces of plastic equipment per week which are assembled at an  “emergency factory” operating in Emersons Green Village Hall twice a week.

The group has had requests from teams at hospitals in Bristol and Bath, including the BRI, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Southmead, ambulance workers in Yate, care homes and even a London hospital, which had a member of staff living in Bristol who collected the order.

All the PPE is provided free of charge and the materials are paid for with funds raised on the group’s JustGiving page, which has received more than £17,000 so far.

Sixty volunteers print the parts at home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the gear is then collected and taken to be assembled in accordance with regulations by a small team, including three members of the same household, who are able to work at close quarters without breaching social distancing regulations. 

For more information on Hack the Pandemic visit www.HackThePandemic.co.uk and to donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ppe-bath-bristol online.