Urgent donations are needed to help raise £50,000 for the production of medical PPE (personal protective equipment) in schools across Glasgow.

SWG3 has set up a fundraising campaign to support Kelvinside Academy, which has recently transformed its Innovation School building into a PPE manufacturing and distribution point.

So far, Kelvinside Academy, Larbert High School, Caldervale High School and their wider network of partner schools have produced and delivered more than 5000 custom-built visors to hospitals, surgeries, pharmacies and care homes across Greater Glasgow, including Wishaw General Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Royal Alexandra Hospital.

By securing a further £50,000, the school will be able to increase output by an additional 1500 visors per day, with the help of local companies who have now been brought on board.

SWG3 has set up a fundraising drive to provide the general public with the opportunity to donate and help properly armour as many NHS and health care workers as possible. Output from the school is not only benefitting Glasgow workers, but places in need across Scotland, with visors heading as far as Skye in the Western Isles.

In addition to setting up the funding page, SWG3, along with other local businesses, has been working on connecting the school with an army of independent laser cutters and 3D printers to assist with the PPE production.

Earlier this week, Kelvinside Academy issued a plea for donations of the basic visor materials including acrylic sheets, with the demand growing as the crisis escalates.

David Miller, Director of the Innovation School at Kelvinside said: “Medical and care staff are on the front-line of this crisis, but to save lives, they themselves need to be protected. It has been humbling to meet the doctors, nurses and care staff behind the need; these visors are in many cases that crucial extra layer protecting front line staff in these incredibly challenging times.”

The network of schools currently involved in this national effort to produce PPE equipment includes Larbert High School, Caldervale High School, Denny High School, Graeme High School and Knox Academy. Many of these schools remain open and operational throughout the Easter holidays to address this urgent need.

Due to the sudden enormous demand, there is a critical shortage of medical PPE at the moment, and as the pandemic worsens supplies are dwindling. Medical institutions across the country have reached out to the 3D printing community for help and support in overcoming these shortages.

Although all of the teachers involved in manufacturing the visors are going to continue doing this on a voluntary basis, we are delighted that some of the funds raised will provide much-needed financial assistance to small local businesses for their necessary services and materials; businesses which might otherwise struggle to survive through this crisis.

Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated. 

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