SWG3 LAUNCHES A NEW ENTERPRISE TO TAKE ORDERS OF URGENT PPE FROM NHS AND HEALTHCARE STAFF ACROSS SCOTLAND
Having successfully funded a £50,000 campaign to support production of PPE at The Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy, through our new ViseUp enterprise we are now taking orders of visors for next-day delivery for NHS and healthcare staff.
If you are an NHS staff member or healthcare worker in urgent need of PPE, and would like to request an order of visors for next-day delivery, please email [email protected]
In just five days, we've raised over £58,000, which will go directly to the production of laser-cut visors for frontline NHS workers. This significant fund will help to dramatically increase the rate of production from 3,000 per day to 5,000 per day.
So far, Kelvinside, Larbert High School, Caldervale High School and their wider partner schools' network have produced and delivered more than 12,000 custom-built visors to hospitals, surgeries, pharmacies and care homes across Scotland, including Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth, Wishaw General Hospital, Aberdeen Royal, Dundee Psychiatric Unit, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley.
Over the next week, the school and SWG3 hope to create more than 25,000 visors, which will be delivered all across Scotland – from Dumfries to Orkney, Skye to Auchtermuchty. SWG3 has partnered with Badaboom, who have come on board to assist with the logistics and to ensure that a safe and secure transportation service is delivered.
David Miller, Director of The Innovation School at Kelvinside who has spearheaded the initiative from Glasgow, said: “It has been phenomenal to watch SWG3’s GoFundMe campaign go from £0 to £50k in a matter of days. It’s a mark of the public’s huge support and affection for NHS staff during this incredibly difficult time.”
Following the success of the campaign, SWG3 and The Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy have named the project ViseUp. It is hoped that by naming the project, NHS and healthcare workers will have a clearer line to request PPE.
Andrew Fleming-Brown, founder and Director of SWG3, said, “The creation of ViseUp is to bring all of our collective efforts under one roof. There is a huge number of people and organisations involved with this particular project, but our mission is a shared one and very simple – to make and deliver visors to frontline staff as quickly as humanly possible.”
Dan Wyatt, Rector of Kelvinside Academy, said, “We felt it was important to scale up production to meet as much of the national demand for visors as possible. We are incredibly proud of the collaborative efforts of teachers and lecturers across Scotland and the UK.”
The network of schools and businesses currently involved in ViseUp include: The Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy, SWG3, Badaboom, Clydeside Distillery, Hydro-C, City of Glasgow College, Intelligent Façade Engineering, Glasgow School of Art, NHS Scotland, Morrison Construction Loft Office, Urban Office Architects, Peter Drummond Architects, Larbert High School, and Caldervale High.